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  • 5 May 2014

    Make the most of asparagus

    May is officially asparagus season in Britain. Crunchy and fresh, asparagus is one of our most delicious vegetables, well worth the wait until spring. It’s also a vegetable that dehydrates quite quickly – hence those stringy, bitter asparagus tips in the supermarkets all year round, flown in from South America and Spain. British asparagus is surprisingly juicy and the flavour unique. From the lily family, alongside onions and leeks, asparagus has a bud-like head and a long stalk, both of which are edible. […] more

  • 2 May 2014

    10 places to see beautiful bluebells in the UK

    There’s something so wonderful about a bluebell wood, as if you have stepped into a magical kingdom. All is calm and peaceful, the only sound is the trill of birds and the air is infused with the sweet scent of the flowers. The colour is a radiant blue that seems to shimmer and hover under the trees, leaving a feeling of deep tranquillity. Every year I send a picture of my favourite bluebell woods to my British friend now living in Australia – I feel that if there were one thing I would miss more than anything if I emigrated it would be British woodland and bluebells. […] more

  • 14 Apr 2014

    5 Ideas for Family Easter Fun

    Whether you’re a Christian who celebrates the resurrection of Christ, a Pagan who celebrates the goddess Eostre and her hare, or simply someone who loves nature, there’s plenty to get excited about at this time of year. Kids are off school and a lot of adults get the Easter weekend off so there’s an opportunity for quality family time. All of the symbolism connected with Easter celebrates new life: eggs, baby bunnies, and lambs to name but a few. Hedgerows are bursting with life, birdsong is in the air, the fields and woods are full of young animals and it feels as if anything is possible. […] more

  • 12 Apr 2014

    5 things to do this National Gardening Week

    There’s no doubt about it, the Brits are a nation of garden lovers. We now even have a national week dedicated to our beloved pastime – National Gardening Week http://www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/ – which runs annually from 14th to 20th April. Whether you have acres of land or simply a few flower pots on a windowsill, gardening is accessible to all. This time of year is filled with excitement as little seedlings begin to appear and we start to celebrate the arrival of spring. Some cultures mark this time of year as the beginning of a new year and it is easy to see why. After the dark months of winter, the earth is waking up and life springs anew. […] more

  • 1 Apr 2014

    Natural Ways to Beat the Bugs

    7th April is World Health Day, and also celebrates the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Since 1950, this day highlights an area of concern for WHO, calling for education and awareness on a worldwide scale. This year’s World Health Day focuses on vectors - organisms that transmit infections from one host to another – with the emphasis on ticks, mosquitoes and other bugs such as sandflies. Though we are fortunate in the UK not to have to worry too much about diseases transmitted by these creatures, for some countries they pose serious risks to the nation’s health. […] more

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