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I have had a simply lovely time over the half-dozen years or so since I started this blog. Since July 2009, when I began by writing rather shyly about salads with an admirable economy of words which I seem to have lost along the way, I have battled my way through drought, torrential rain and [...]

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Happy Christmas!

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Care in the community

Britain in Bloom finalists across the country are currently biting their nails to the quick waiting to hear the results, announced in Bristol tomorrow, of another year’s hard work on the nation’s roundabouts and road verges. So, you are no doubt asking, what? The trouble is, Bloom has a bit of an image problem. I [...]

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Life in the sloe lane

Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but if you really can’t be bothered with all that seed-sowing and weeding and tying in and composting you don’t have to do much gardening to get a free supply of food. Let the brambles grow and you’ll get blackberries by the basketful, and for nothing. And hasn’t [...]

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Like most people of a certain age, the whole self-sufficiency thing drifted into my consciousness via two main routes: Tom and Barbara Goode, and John Seymour. What they didn’t tell you back then is that the reality isn’t much like either. I think I probably knew the first time I read the detailed description in [...]

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