Interviews, tips, ideas and features on how to deal with life, the universe and everything else in a less conventional, arguably much more fun, way.

BEAT the January Blues

Kim Gardening, Life, resilience

Let’s face it – January isn’t a popular month. In fact it’s widely considered to be the most depressing month of the year. We’ve also just had so-called ‘Blue Monday’ as it’s referred to throughout the media, although arguably this year that could have been changed to ‘Black Friday’ , certainly for all liberal-minded folk around the world. Dastardly politics …

HOW TO make your own Christmas decorations

Kim Blog, Gardening, Life

It was the posh shabby-chic Christmas catalogue that came through the post a few years back that provided an incentive for me to start making my own festive decorations from items gathered from the garden. I balked at what they were charging for what (appeared to me) to be simply bits of tree with silver spray-painted on them…. Instead, with …

The UNSCHOOLERS – on managing discrimination and judgement

Lehla Eldridge Blog, Life

In an extract from their new book; home schoolers Lehla and her husband, Anthony talk about their experiences when it comes to dealing with the sometimes disapproving reactions of others…   Anthony says: Sometimes people get curious and want to know if our way of life works according to their framework. Some of our relatives sneak little tests in to reassure …

DOING IT IN WELLIES – Working with chefs

Sam Gray Blog, Food, Life, Seasonal cooking

 In this second blog for us, inspirational lady-farmer, Sam explains how much she enjoys working with local restaurants. There is no greater privilege for a smallholder like me than tasting your home-reared, much loved, rare breed produce on the menu of a well reputed restaurant.  I recently enjoyed a spectacular 10 course taster menu exquisitely prepared by Director Chef Chris …


Esther Adelman Blog, Food, Gardening, Life, resilience

I am part of The Growing Kitchen on the Wenlock Barn Estate in Hackney. We started in 2008 with a community garden on a disused piece of lawn. Since then we have expanded to create a foraging garden with a wild area and a community orchard on a separate site. We also have a pond that is teaming with life …


Kim Gardening, Life, resilience

A few years back (and inspired by the community growing initiative in Todmorden), Sahira Ward decided to approach her local council to see what could be done along these lines in her area. Since then, working with friends, family and neighbours, she has gone on to transform a plot of former waste ground at the top of her road into …