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Hamish Henderson and the world today…

Hamish Henderson No man has ever had a better word to say against war or for what Scotland needs. And remember he accepted the Italian surrender and wrote the Retreat from Sicily and many other tunes reflected in his own experience. A star above all we should honour.

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Top Fruit Harvest

OK this is when the scales tip and the harvest log goes over the top! The first fruit are in. So we have Kerry Pippin, Beauty of Bath and King of the Pippin Apples. About 25 Kilos in total. And these are just the earliest. Picked half the Victoria plums […]

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Ye Cannae Grow Walnuts in Scotland

Picked 2.5 kilos of green walnuts for pickling (a favourite of the house which the internet seems to regard as ‘an English eccentricity’). One which has crossed the border… Into brine for a week, than fresh brine for another week then pickle in spice vinegar…

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August and Harvest Gets Serious

Tomato Marmande first harvest 17 August. Eight of these bruisers weighed in at 1.7 kilos. The ripe red ones were from in the greenhouse, and the green ones grown outdoors so placed together on the kitchen windowsill to ripen up. Also harvested today carrots, first climbing French beans, and first […]

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Natural Abundance

The most joyful message I take from my journey on the permaculture path is that the world is actually a very abundant place. The more we stop doing stuff the more it takes over and does stuff for us. If you stop weeding you get lots of plants. Oh but […]

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Poetry and politics 2

Everyone who discovers permaculture adds something to it. That’s because we all have different life experiences and different perspectives. Many people find they first make their connection through a desire to grow their own food, and because they learn that it is something they can achieve joyfully and with great […]

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Splat

Well look before you leap.  In the kitchen splatted a big fat horsefly on the window, and then looked at the flyswat.  Ah not a horsefly at all! It was in fact Leucozona lucorum, a very large hoverfly.  A beneficial insect which eats aphids and is a great pollinator. And […]

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Food and cricket

Well food’s no fun if you don’t make it fun.  Here we have Test Match Starter.  Avocado and wild garlic pesto base with cheddar cheese wickets, a yellow pepper and fennel bat and woah where’s that radish ball going?  Ashes won!  Sorry Australians…  But you can choose whether you eat […]

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How do you balance action with regulation?

In an increasingly regulated world many people, especially in small businesses feel more and more oppressed by the burden that regulation imposes on them. Firstly it’s good to acknowledge the origin and purpose of regulation. Regulations are nearly often started with the best of intentions. I, for one, am glad […]

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Graham Bell Live (from January 2011)

Scotland Live Scottish Stock Exchange 25th January 2011 In this discussion with the Institute of Economic Affairs, Editorial Director Phillip Boothe discusses the need for a Scottish Stock Exchange. “Graham Bell on BBC Scotland Live January 25th 2011” . [mp3]http://grahambell.org/Radio/scotland_stock_exchange.mp3[/mp3] (Press Play to hear the discussion with IEA Director Phillip […]

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