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Go Slow

Are you stressed out? Doing a great impression of a headless chicken? Forgotten what ‘me time’ feels like? Maybe you just dread the thud of your credit card statements on the doormat? For too many of us, every moment is a race against the clock. Yet...

Petrol Head

I can’t pretend cars are the greenest way to get around. But, unless you live close to your work and the shops, have time on your hands and don’t mind the quirks of public transport timetabling, cars are pretty much a necessity in a rural...

Vampire Hunting

We both know that it's a lot easier to be green if you to fit energy efficient light bulbs and turn off lights when you leave the room.  Essential stuff, but not very exciting, is it? So why not spice up your green lifestyle with a...

Time for a festive Pre-NUPP?

It’s St Andrew’s Day – in my calendar, the last bastion against the full attack of the festive season. Be afraid. Be very afraid! Don’t get me wrong; I’m a sucker for Christmas…the lights, the preparations, the decorations, the growing sense of excitement. I could quite...

A Walk on the Wild Side

Ever eaten wild rose petals in salad? Rooted for pignuts for your casserole dishes? Okay then, how about gone brambling at the roadside? In the age of endlessly rising food prices, it's good to know there is a free and natural storecupboard full of goodies on...

Plant Yourself a Bit of Eden

Anyone who has seen our garden knows that describing it as ‘derelict’ is too generous. A decade of getting F minus for our life/work balance has reduced a once-productive herb and vegetable garden, hard-won from our region’s stony and tricky ground, to a slug and...

Perma…what?

As a way of saving the planet, Permaculture is unlikely to be much more than a tiny blip on your radar. Which is a shame, because it has the potential to be a great way of allowing us all to live well in an age...