Book Review: Food You Can Forage, by Tiffany Francis

N.b. This review was originally published in New Nature Magazine (June 2018 issue). Have you ever wondered what sweet cicely or bog myrtle taste like? If so then this book could be one for you. Beautifully illustrated and helpfully structured by habitat Food You Can Forage would sit well on the bookshelf or coffee table of … Continue reading Book Review: Food You Can Forage, by Tiffany Francis

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4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Skid Steer Lifter

A skid steer lifter comes with various attachments that are used for different purposes. It can help eliminate manual labor and reduce the number of accidents in factories. No matter what attachment you are choosing such as the auger, bucket, blades, broom, grappler, mower, etc, the first thing that you should take into consideration is … Continue reading 4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Skid Steer Lifter

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 20 – Martyn Bergius

The third stop on my Scottish Borders road trip was to visit the Bergius family on their heavily diversified organic dairy farm near Galashiels. Their dairy herd consists of Swedish Reds, Montbeliards, Friesians and Danish breeds and they also keep a flock of Lleyn sheep, two large flocks of Columbian Black Tail chickens and make … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 20 – Martyn Bergius

Helpful Tips for Outdoor Cooking – Guest post by Samantha Rosario

Cooking outside can be fun whether you are grilling or camping. However, it can also be stressful at times. Luckily, there are ways that you can make your time a little bit easier. In this article, we are going to look at some helpful tips you can use when cooking outdoors. Plan Meals Ahead Whether … Continue reading Helpful Tips for Outdoor Cooking – Guest post by Samantha Rosario

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 19 – Jim Shanks

The second stop on my recent road trip was to Jim Shanks' farm in the Scottish Borders, near Hawick. Jim is a dairy farmer but is also heavily diversified and grows 300 tonnes of red tomatoes each year as well as having a biomass boiler and anaerobic digestor connecting the whole system, cleverly using the … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 19 – Jim Shanks

Moley, moley, moley – Guest post by Robert Blakemore

Although the UK’s State of Nature Report (2016) shows that many species are in decline, they also report that moles (Talpa spp.) are holding their ground with an estimated population of 41 million (Ref.; Ref.). This excludes Ireland that has no moles – a hangover from the ice age – while resident moles have seemingly … Continue reading Moley, moley, moley – Guest post by Robert Blakemore

The Camomile Road

When Alice went down the rabbit hole or when the children stepped through the wardrobe they found themselves in a completely new and strange situation; unexpected; unimaginable; unbelievable perhaps. Their new world offered adventure and danger but also hope, intrigue and escape. The worlds of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) and CS Lewis have become … Continue reading The Camomile Road

How long will this weather continue?

From twitter and instagram (as well as that old fashioned thing called the weather forecast) I see that some parts of the country have received a small amount of rain, although still very little and it has really been restricted to parts of the west. https://twitter.com/mmphotography71/status/1013821729448382470 In my part of Essex it hasn't rained properly … Continue reading How long will this weather continue?

Perc Test Failed, Is It Time To Say Goodbye To Your Dream Plot of Land? – Guest post by Alison Jean Henry

The perc test is among the requirements for any landowner in making sure of a piece of land’s suitability for development by just about every jurisdiction around the United States. It is a test that may seem irrelevant at first glance; but failing it could mean the land’s worth may diminish. However, failing the perc … Continue reading Perc Test Failed, Is It Time To Say Goodbye To Your Dream Plot of Land? – Guest post by Alison Jean Henry