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Alice Griffin |
Wednesday, 1st June 2011
A little over a year ago and after several years of living in a rather nomadic way, home for my family and I finally became a 61ft narrowboat. Our reasoning behind this was simple: we wanted to live a smaller, simpler, freer life, more in tune with nature.  I love waking up to the sound of birdsong and knowing what the weather is doing before I... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 29th May 2011
I awake in the deep velvety dark of the night and write this editorial. Everything is changing. My psyche feels an unravelling, a flexing of the new. It was predicted years ago, not always in apocalyptic terms because change opens to the possibilities of undreamt opportunity. I won't catalogue the recent societal and global changes – I am sure you... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 24th May 2011
My first stop at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show last Monday 23rd was the B&Q garden. Designed by Patrick Collins and architect Laurie Chetwood its brief was to be an urban edible garden, part apartment block and part allotment style strips. TV presenters Loraine Kelly and then Kirsty Allsop had turned the central walkway into a runway and press... more
 
Tim Green |
Wednesday, 18th May 2011
In my life I've been lucky enough to use some of the most beautiful toilets in the world. In an open-fronted affair in South India there was nothing between me and the Indian Ocean sunset but a vast empty white sand beach and in Nepal the vista from the smallest room (or shack) was the snow-capped peaks of the tallest mountains on Earth. Nothing... more
 
Interview by Willi Paul |
Wednesday, 11th May 2011
"I could network with so many people, but would I find time to grow food and harvest firewood. As you have experienced with our brief exchanges, I prioritize the land over my lap top. After all you can't eat a lap top." -- Ben Law "Don't matter how much money you got, there's only two kinds of people: there's saved people and there's lost people... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 10th May 2011
Here in the UK, even in the wettest winter we are reminded that water levels are not as they should be and if there is a dry summer water may be rationed. On top of which, if your water isn't already metered it probably will be soon, so anything that reduces the amount of water we waste is a good idea. One water saving device that really stands... more
 
Andrew Collins |
Tuesday, 10th May 2011
Controlling temperature swings in small garden greenhouses is notoriously difficult. Greenhouses are liable to overheating in full sun and, of course, most will do little to keep out a hard frost. Among those who are not keen on using electric or gas heaters in greenhouses there has been a resurgence of interest in 'solar greenhouses' using... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Friday, 6th May 2011
I'm sure many are familiar with this scenario: you're driving along in the countryside and you're suddenly hit with the overwhelming stench of manure from a farm. A dilemma ensues do you A) wind up your window to stop any more of the smell entering the car thus trapping the low level smell that's already made it in; or do you B) keep the window... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 4th May 2011
Wood Jewel knives are crafted in Finnish Lapland in the arctic circle. They are made in the tradition style of the nomadic Sámi reindeer herders who live there, and have flat ground, high carbon steel blades, hardened to Rockwell 59 with handles of curly birch and reindeer antler. The Wood Jewel Combo Leuku Wilderness Knife consists of two knives... more
 
Emma Cooper |
Wednesday, 27th April 2011
If you want to pick a fight with a gardener, either tell them you follow a No Dig regime, or that you don't think they should be using peat. One or the other is almost guaranteed to get them revved up for a fight. I don't dig and I don't use peat, so I often find myself on one side of a debate, but the question of whether we should be using peat... more
 

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