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… Continue reading All Local Long Table
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… Continue reading Eat Local Challenge – Week Three
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… Continue reading Eat Local Challenge – Week Two
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… Continue reading Eat Local Challenge – Week One
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… Continue reading Great Aunts
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… Continue reading Yarn Bomb Blast!
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… Continue reading This Place is in My Bones