Feral in the Free State

I have loved Verkykerskop since I first stumbled upon it and visited as often as I can. I wrote Verkykerskop in 2012 and Back at Binocular Hill the next year – if you are interested. I was there this week to say goodbye to the marvels as they move on to new adventures. Many will…

The Weeks Fly By

The mist rolls in the day resumes the sun peeps out something blooms the damp rises the branch aches the web shivers something breaks the river runs the postman smiles the clouds collect something dies the weeks fly by as we anticipate the one moment an imagined date that might make life worth the wait…

The Year of the Dog

It began quietly with a lunar sliver and an invitation to a fabulous party to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Dog Year in 2018 started on February 16th.   Our dogs were doing great and we imagined we had a many more years of adventures with them. That week our precious Sizzles started to stumble…

Eating Weeds

I am very enthusiastic about eating weeds. I have recently been sharing this (and other wild ideas) with a variety of audiences.  More talks and walks to come, but I have compiled some notes for new foragers to refer to. Free food is everywhere – right under your feet. Along the path, in the supermarket…

Food for Change

Food is both cause and victim of climate change, but also a possible solution. Our food choices have a direct impact on the planet. This is recognised by the Slow Food movement.   I have just participated in the Slow Food – Food for Change Challenge – going meat free, creating zero food waste and eating…

One Woman’s Weeds…

I have been doing a little weeding around my cos lettuce, cavalo nero and mizuna. Lots of what I take out will go into supper and the rest to make weed tea.  As you will know from previous posts, I am a fan of weeds.  Have you read Weeds, Glorious Weeds?  or Wild Greens?  Tried…

Hike in the Karkloof Hills

The fragrance of Buddleja auriculata enveloped us as we gathered beside the Karkloof forest for a three day hike in the hills. “mmm,,, wild honey” commented one participant, while another said “urgh, that smells like a wet dog or something fermenting.”  This scent is a well known feature of Midlands winters, when indigenous Buddlejia bushes…

Bird

Two weeks ago, a ring-necked dove flew into my window and died.  The imprint of it’s wings and body are still on the glass, along with a couple of feathers.  I moved it under the tree.  Over the weeks I have observed another ring-necked dove right beside it, sometimes just sitting, sometimes flapping it’s wings…

A-Z of Living 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…