A-Z of Living Local & Lightly

‘Disposable’ and ‘convenient’ are recent concepts and are pretty much causing all the trouble on the planet. My friend Charlene, who is on a journey approaching zero waste, and I, held an A-Z workshop at the gorgeous Hedge Shed in Nottingham Road last weekend.  We hoped to inspire participants to reduce plastic waste, embrace Midlands abundance…

Snapshots of Splashy

I spent a week at Splashy Fen with the Sushi Sistas and had so much fun. We served up sensational vegan food all day, swam in the river, danced until late. Snapshots of Splashy Marigolds fly Unicorns float Mushrooms roll Fresh pears poke Robots wink Cranes call Nipples grin While raindrops fall Stilts stride Sistas…

Khotso

I love walking, but I am not that keen on carrying a backpack – especially up a mountain. My lovely friend Christeen Grant convinced me that I simply had to join her for an adventure in the Drakensberg Wilderness this summer.  Oh my! It was Wonderland and definitely worth the trek. We had our passports…

All Local Long Table

Terra Madre is one of my favourite celebrations.  This year, I invited inspiring women who grow food, cook food, barter food and eat food, particularly local, unpackaged, slow food, to join me at a long table on the veranda. Terra Madre Day highlights the relationship between food and climate change as part of the Menu…

Eat Local Challenge – Week Three

Mostly, we do eat local food. So do our dogs. This challenge has, however, focused my attention on what is really local (how far can you go?). The official challenge was within 200 miles – 350 km.  That is pretty far, but meant that I could include tropical fruit and flour.  I think local is…

Eat Local Challenge – Week Two

The more I do it, the easier it is getting, to eat only local. Who would have thought? I don’t even miss couscous!  So, we launch into week two of voting with my fork. Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini, “On the one hand there are a small few, with an enormous amount of money, and…

Eat Local Challenge – Week One

  I like to think I am a locavore. It’s quite a trendy thing to be right now, but makes complete sense to me. It’s the reason I started the Dargle Local Market and then, when that took on an unlocal look, got Dargle Trade and Howick Exchange ticking along.  The Midlands Barter Markets are…

Great Aunts

As little children, we had lots of Great Aunts – some widowed and some never married. Lots of women living without men. Something to do with the war, we thought. They were absolute treasure and added a multitude of experiences to my childhood – especially as we did not have any grandparents.  They clearly had…

Yarn Bomb Blast!

Traditionally poles, walls and fences have been the canvas for graffiti artists, but yarn bombing has changed the face of street art forever – not even seen as graffiti by most people, but as an entirely acceptable form of urban art. The basic idea is to wrap fibre (usually crochet or knitted yarn) around something…

This Place is in My Bones

Steampunk poetry evenings are a non-negotiable date in my diary. Last night,  the first Steampunk Poetry book was launched.  This enchanting compilation of local poems, by people we all know, edited by Lara Kirsten, is available at Steampunk for only R100 – hurry while they are hot!  I wrote about these special evenings a while…

Guerrilla Gardeners and Other Revolutionaries

I am surrounded by many very interesting (and occasionally rebellious) gardeners. They inspire me constantly and also teach me all sorts of interesting things – not least about growing food.  Often I write stories about them which is a great excuse to pick their brains and find out what makes their gardens tick – more…

Making a Mound

Always fun to try something new in the garden. Especially with a friend who is strong and keen and knows more than you do! I don’t usually have company when I garden, but I can highly recommend it. Recently, I have become intrigued with Mounds – Hugelkultur – so decided to give it a bash….