Why the British Electoral System Has To Change

Alongside 1.15 million people in  UK , I voted for the Green Party on May the 7th. Our ‘First past The Post ‘ electoral system means that this translates to just one seat in the house of commons. Contrast this with the Scottish National Party  who received 1.4 million votes and yet have gained 56 seats,…

Postcards From The Weekend

Is there anything nicer than a long walk in the sunshine? CC and I enjoyed exploring Claife Heights- land in the Lake District owned by the National Trust. The views of Lake Windermere spectacular  – but the tarns in the quieter areas of our walk were beautiful, buzzing with dragonflies and damselflies.   * We…

Summer’s End

*   What happened to the summer ? It seemed as though the weeks were endless and September was a world away. Autumn seems to have come early this year and we’ve been making the most of the ripe profusion of blackberries growing in dense pockets in the lanes around our house. *  Making the…

The Age Of Stupid

If you have an hour spend it wisely….watch Franny Armstrong directs Pete Postlethwaite in an extraordinary piece of film –  a profound epitaph for Mr. Postlethwaite.

Ten Tips For A Zero Waste Garden

All too often gardening is seen as nothing more than a quick trip to the garden centre filling our carts with plants, plastic bags and compost and assorted ‘sundries’. Arriving at the checkout the bill frequently comes to far more than we’d imagined. By the time you arrive home and unloaded the car it’s a…

Eco-stay

Where do you stay when it’s too cold to camp ? ( yes we’re wimpy campers I’m afraid)-this fantastic barn powered entirely by solar energy in Cornwall. Beautiful surroundings and warm and cosy.  

Inspiration

During our Easter holiday CC and I went to stay in a beautiful converted barn in Cornwall. Cornwall’s stunning coastline, beaches and gardens made for a wonderful holiday and the steep coastal paths ensured great walking. The Eden project took our breath away- a converted china clay quarry transformed into a beautiful eco-project. The bio-domes…

Snowdrops and Sunshine

We are finally beginning to emerge from the darkness of our winter and the days are longer. Moods are visibly brightened as the sunshine finally makes an appearance and thoughts turn to enjoying the outdoor again. The snowdrops at Lytham Hall were a much-needed display of green, signalling the return of longer days and the…