• wild garlic

    Make your own wild garlic oil

    by  • May 13, 2016

    On a recent stroll through a local woodland I was overcome with the sweetly pungent smell of garlic. The source to this aroma was a blanket of deep green waxy looking leaves covering the shaded floor which are more commonly known as wild garlic or ramsons. If you are new to foraging wild garlic...

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    Apple banana bread and other recipes from Hawai’i

    November 15, 2015


    Tastes of the South Pacific

    On our journey through the South Pacific we were able to sample many of the islands’ own delicacies and specific ways of preparing food. The food in Hawaiʻi represents a microcosm of Polynesian food, drawing on recipes that have been passed down for generations and which make full use of...

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    Croft 103 – a journey to the edge of mainland Britain

    by  • July 17, 2015


    As I sit writing this, two Oyster Catchers fly low over my head, quickly disappearing into a mist that is sweeping its way up Loch Eriboll towards me. If there’s one thing that changes constantly and without warning on Scotland’s wild northern coast, it’s the weather – from sunshine to rain in...

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    London’s Slow Food & Living Market

    by  • July 10, 2015

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    London is often referred to as a city of efficiency, where things ‘get done, on time’; but this summer has seen a slower counter-culture continue to emerge from the streets. As temperatures continue to rise, the pace has slowed and people have been strolling to work, taking longer lunch breaks in churches, gardens and...

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    Interview with a modern nomad

    by  • June 6, 2015


    Patrick M. Schroeder has been travelling the globe since 2007, covering most legs of his incredible journey by bicycle. Having made it through over 120 countries so far, we put some questions to the World Bicyclist

    Can you tell us a little bit about your quest and why the...

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    Small things that are everything

    by  • January 10, 2015


    A few words about words. Philosophical thinking is enhanced by a fine use of words. Clarity is an honourable goal. Yet there are still some things in nature, and the spaces in between, which are yet to be granted an English name.

    The Welsh use a wonderful word, hiraeth, which has no direct English...

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    Summer cocktails with a twist

    by  • July 28, 2014

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    I have dabbled a few times now in making my own flavoured vodkas and if you have a little bit of patience it is amazing how half a bottle of reasonably priced vodka (best not to choose a really cheap paint stripper variety, but at the same time no need to waste...

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    Cycling around the Cotswolds

    by  • July 2, 2014


    Last weekend we set off to explore the Cotswolds on bicycle, thanks to The Carter Companya family-led organisation who offer ready-made and bespoke cycling and walking tours around Britain and Europe. Wendy Carter was inspired to set up the company after exploring some of Austria’s beautiful...

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    Make Do and Mend

    by  • June 6, 2014


    Jen Gale talks to us about her inspirational Make Do and Mend Year, and the things she took away from it…

    In September 2012, I convinced my husband that it would be a really great idea for us, as a family with two two small boys, to try and go for a whole...

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    Eco Paradise in the Malaysian Hills – The Dusun

    May 17, 2014


    “The simplest joys of the Dusun really are the best”

    This small but special nature resort in Negeri Sembilan began as a simple family retreat from the city for Helen, David and their five children in 1984. Helen put an ad in the Malay Mail...

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