Graham Bell ~ Global Change Agent

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Author: Karen Birch

Strawberry heaven

Well after another fruit laden harvesting day, made Strawberry ice-cream on Saturday. Ingredients: 500 grams strawberries, hulled and chopped 175 grams caster sugar, (plus 2 tablespoons) 500 ml full fat milk 500 ml double cream 1 vanilla pod 10 large egg yolks Juice of half a lemon Sprinkle the  two tablespoons of sugar over the chopped […]

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An abundance of Gooseberries

Well that’s five kilos of gooseberries blanched and in the freezer. This trayful is about half that. Two essential tips for gooseberries- don’t pick them until they’re ripe! Green gooseberries go pale and slightly squashy at this point and red ones go – well yes you guessed it – red! […]

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Summer Open Day

The first open day of 2013 took place under a clear, sunny sky on July 13th. This journal piece is by Karen and Annie, guests on the day. We’d stayed overnight in the campervan a little way outside Coldstream at a place called Pathhead. We’d offered to help Graham and […]

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Radio Scotland Interview

How and why of making a gutter garden. What is Permaculture?

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Permaculture: The Big Rock Candy Mountain?

There was an interesting post on Facebook this morning by Peter Harper. You can read his full article, here And here is my response: “Peter has for many years been a fount of knowledge and has always taken a slightly contrary view of permaculture. The first time I met him […]

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Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme

On behalf of the Permaculture Association I was invited to take part in the consultation process for the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) SRDP CONSULTATION : EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and Scottish Government providing support […]

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Slip Sliding to Skye

When asked in July to teach a weekend introduction to permaculture on Skye in November my first question was ‘What if it snows?’ Especially as creating a Community Garden was behind the project. ‘What- snow in Skye in November- never!’ Hmmm. Well it is funded by the Climate Change Fund! […]

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The Graham Bell Collection

There are in fact lots of Graham Bells. So I thought it might be fun to make a collection of them! (Started 21 April 2008.) If you are a Graham Bell and feel miffed because you’re not included here or because your details are not correct e-mail me at graham@grahambell.org […]

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Sure Sign of Summer

No surer sign of summer than our new call ducks producing their first ducklings. This fine lady has just hatched nine. These are “Call Ducks” and are quite cute, some call them the bath toy duck. They are small, cute and very energetic ducks and here at Garden Cottage as […]

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Dear, Green Glasgow

We were asked to comment by the Scotsman newspaper on Glasgow’s proposals for a Sustainability plan.  Our response was that whilst everyone would appreciate ‘the dear green place’ being greener, no-one would appreciate it being dearer.  Why was that? Scotman Article Jan 28th 2010 The origins of Glasgow as an […]

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