The most (Zero Waste) friendly place in Lancashire?

There was a time when shopping for groceries meant a rush around the supermarket, a hefty bill and a whole load of waste. Living in Knott End slowly changed that for us. On Saturday morning we load our Zero Waste kit into a backpack and walk fifteen minutes along the sea wall into the village….

The Beauty Of Zero Waste- Vintage Tech

Crafted from natural materials with care taken over form as well as function, vintage technology has a soul which is lovely to behold. Add to this the tendency for vintage items to come without packaging and the fact that they are often easily repaired and it becomes easy to see why vintage is becoming the…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste – part deux

Having a family can certainly add to the waste we produce, an estimated 1/2 tonne of disposable nappies are produced every year per child- nappies in landfills take up to 500 years to degrade and around 200, 000 trees are lost each year to make disposable nappies for babies in the USA alone. The arrival…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste

Alternatives to plastic are usually far more beautiful as well as kinder to the pocket and the environment. According to the Greenpeace Energy desk news, the UK government quietly reduced recycling targets for plastics last year- meaning that even more plastic is finding its way in to landfill. Concern over plastic in our food is…

Spring Cleaning

*   ‘The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur,…

Blackberry and Bramley Jam

The hedgerows are brimming with delicious, ripe blackberries and a delightful afternoon spent foraging yielded enough to make jam to give as Christmas presents this year. Recipe For Blackberry and Bramley Jam – Will make about 4 small Kilner Jars full and an extra jar for your fridge. 1kg of washed blackberries 350g of Bramley…

Freezing MangeTout

We’ve had a lovely crop of MangeTout (Sugarsnap Peas) and have had a go at freezing them. This has worked really well and should ensure that we have some lovely homegrown vegetables in winter. How To Freeze Your Vegetable Harvest 1. Pick your vegetables and give them a good rinse, prepare them as though you are…

Peaches and Summer

Gerry is looking so much better, he’s greedily gobbling all the dandelion leaves I can get for him ( great excuse for not being too thorough with the weeding). CC has been telephoning at lunchtime to check on the progress of the patient. My parents and brother are coming for dinner tonight which gives me…

A Sick Bunny

Poor Gerry has been very ill with GI Stasis, a really nasty condition rabbits can get where basically their digestion stops. The poor little chap has been in pain and we’ve had to feed him by syringe, we noticed that he wasn’t himself on Monday night and made a speedy visit to the vets on…

Homemade Pizza

CC and I had a go at making our own pizza last night, it tasted so much better than anything we’ve bought in the supermarket, I just wish we had a pizza oven to give it that authentic taste. Sadly small terraced houses generally don’t come with built-in brick ovens…..Pizza  Recipe Makes about 3 large pizzas…