What to do next?
What to do next? Priorities and setting them are a huge challenge in a 24/7 world…. One in which we are constantly deluged in information, always expected to deliver everything now, have constant demands from others to meet their needs, and are oppressed by the demands of money. Take a […]Read More
The power of words
The power of words should not be underestimated. ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ (Edward Bulwer-Lytton 1839) has many levels of interpretation. I am a firm believer that it is the spoken word which is most potent, if well informed, considered and delivered with passion. A kind word can […]Read More
What Permaculture Is or Isn’t
There seems to be a growing movement to create complicated arguments about what permaculture is or isn’t. Peter Harper, the long term force behind the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth in Wales, has set himself up as a critic, without, to my mind ever actually understanding what the term […]Read More
Border Union Show
Lovely sunny day at the Border Union Show. It’s not every day you get ten minutes with Scottish Secretary, half an hour with the Environment Minister, get to give police officers in uniform ice cream and drink Pimms with the most delightful folks. And promote local trade in the process.Read More
Well some welcome rain at last. You can hear the plants saying thank-you! Another quick harvest in the garden: Bowl of salad – cos lettuce and the first of the rainbow chard with beetroot leaves Some baby beetroot (thinnings of main crop) A fine bunch of giant Sicilian radishes Mange […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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! […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More