Sloe Joys Of Berry Picking, Jam Making And Brisk Autumn Days
Since the end of the nineteenth century, different kinds of exotic, colourful fruit, grown in the tropics, have been an increasingly important addition to the diet of people living in the Northern parts of the world, thanks to the new technology that made much faster and reliable grocery transportation possible. There’s no point in denying the health benefits of citrus fruits that are rich in vitamin C, or bananas that are a good source of potassium, or mangos, watermelons, pineapples and many other tropical fruits that are known to be packed with antioxidants, enzymes and various beneficial minerals. These bright-coloured health bombs also have a great taste and are able to spice up Northern cuisines. But what if one day you couldn’t buy oranges, bananas and other imported fruits in your local grocery store, for one reason or another?
There's Something Fishy About The Countryside?
“City life was gettin’ us down So we spent the weekend out of town Pitched the tent on the patch of ground Down by the river”
Why Is Littering Bad For You?
This autumn Ian and I have started a new habit. Every morning, we go out for a little walk because it’s healthy and pleasant, provides us a nice wee breath of fresh air, and gives Sophie, a lovely, even if sometimes a bit sulky, husky dog an opportunity to see cows, sheep and other friends and get some exercise with the company of her small pack. Usually we don’t go far, just a few kilometres from home, walking on a quiet country road. Well, actually it’s not always that quiet as we happen to live quite close to a quarry, and pretty much every day, apart from weekends, dozens of lorries drive in and out, turning a quiet country road into a rather noisy, smelly and a bit dangerous highway.
The Backgarden Survivalists
When you hear the word ‘survivalism’ what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it a heavily armed, crusading warrior in his camouflage outfit? Or is it piles of tinned beans and tuna lying on the floor of a dark, secret underground bunker? Or enthusiastic anticipation of an apocalypse? Gas masks, firearms and rambo knives?