Following a number of negative items in the BBC recently on farming, especially an interview featuring NFU President Minette Batters by Evan Davis, the BBC have decided to run a #BBCFarmingFocus week. Tweets about the week are already building up, with stories across local radio and on BBC Breakfast. https://twitter.com/BBCBreakfast/status/1163335150429773825 The way that the media … Continue reading BBC Focus on Farming this week
My week away in Devon was just what I needed. For a November holiday in the south-west the weather couldn't have been better and I wallowed in the simplicity of days walking, spending time with family, pottering about, making dams on the beach as though reliving my childhood. Simply glorious. Perhaps the thing I appreciated … Continue reading Home again
It's five o clock in the afternoon and already dark - let the long winter evenings begin! Part of me struggles to understand why we continue with this strange phenomenon of shifting between Greenwich Mean Time and British Summer Time, but it's one of the few remaining certainties that remain in what have become increasingly … Continue reading All change with the times
The autumnal equinox, when day and night are almost equal, has come and gone, the nights are getting longer, temperatures cooling and we begin to look forward to winter fires and long evenings. Predictions begin to come in as to where in the UK will actually receive snow this year. The Harvest Moon came upon … Continue reading Rising Tide
There are hundreds of conscientious conservationists (there's a tonguetwister for you) out there; all of whom have their own inspiring stories, but it can at times seem a lonely, never ending pursuit. With such significant problems to solve, we can all become dejected and defeatist at times. Here's a few inspiring quotes to get conservationists … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes for Conservationists
The Scots have a word for weather that is dull and damp: dreich. I adopted it into my vocabulary upon first staying in Scotland for a lengthy period of time a few years ago. It’s a lyrical onomatopoeic truth that really hits home in the British Isles. After all, we have a lot of rain … Continue reading Reflecting on Rain
2016 has been a game-changing year. Next year we will face the real consequences of the political decisions made by the majority of people in Britain and the United States this year, as Brexit and the inauguration of President Trump actually happen. When it comes to the environment and climate change policy, we are still … Continue reading Looking back on 2016
This year marked 100 years of changing the time each autumn in the UK. Yesterday at 2am, on Sunday 30th October, British clocks reverted an hour, reverting to Greenwich Mean Time. It marked the official end of British Summer Time. We have to wait another 145 days (and about 18 hours at the time of … Continue reading 100 Years of Changing the Clocks – Why do we do it anyway?