Graham Bell ~ Global Change Agent

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More Art in the Garden

Dave Watson, (http://www.foldyard.co.uk/) a local artist, and his wife Morag paid a visit to Garden Cottage and started by making studies from within the Red Shed. Graham and Morag will be visiting throughout the year so watch this space for artistic developments. Or better still, sign up to our newsletter […]

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Artist in Residence

We are delighted to introduce Sabina Sallis, Artist in Residence at Garden Cottage. Sabina, originally from Poland, is currently studying for her PhD at Newcastle University. Sabina will be a regular visitor to Garden Cottage over the coming months and we hope to be able to share her work with […]

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A welcome sight

I hope that I’m not speaking too soon, particularly as this is the frosty sight that met me as I travelled to Coldstream this morning ( temperature -4C!) ……. … but there are signs of life in the garden and it is wonderful to see the snowdrops. The frost meant […]

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It’s Burns Night

Not everyone understands this: Robert Burns is Scotland’s National Poet. Traditionally we eat Haggis and drink a wee bit of whisky and toast his memory. If you are really into it, it gets a bit more ritualistic than that. But I thought I’d just share with you a few of […]

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This week in the garden

If you are behind by the end of February you’ll likely be behind all year. So while much in the garden is still sleeping now is the time to get active and get sorted. So today in the Red Shed we finished the clearing. The deep beds have been cleared, […]

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The Value of Simple Work

I am indebted to the amazing Rowena Stone for this insight. Another building block in the Manifesto for Global Change: The basis of any economy is the everyday work of living, cooking, washing, sleeping, eating and growing food. When we are fully resourced we function at optimum level. It is […]

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We are a Worldwide Movement

I posted on facebook a request for help. 120 people answered pretty much straight away. These folks said ‘we’re just a couple of old fogies but we’re in’ So I asked what would you have to say about / to older people. And this is what they said. Brilliant work […]

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New to the website

For 2017 we are introducing a Plant of the Week. Even under the grey January skies in Coldstream the Mahonia looks magnificent so it was an easy choice as the first plant of the week! Commonly known as Oregon Grape, there are around 70 species of Mahonia, originally native to […]

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Callum Egan Connection

Thanks to Callum Egan for the connection. Working out of Napier University he’s joining in with Permaculture at a number of levels. This little event last Autumn was enjoyable and raised many interesting issues. He hasstarted documenting garden cottage on film. We have three other visual artists also engaging presently. […]

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Sometimes small things matter most

I’ve got a huge backlog of stuff to post here for the general enlightenment of all. Sharing our trip to Australia. Massive things to say about saving the planet. But what I want to do right now in the few precious moments spared to me to say anything at all, […]

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