A Life in the Making

bees

  • Let's talk PPE - for beekeeping!

    An excerpt from our new Intro to Beekeeping online course, introducing you to my fellow instructor, Jim Riach, and an insight into the PPE needed to keep bees.PPE and Beekeeping ToolsGetting stung is one of the biggest worries of any new beekeeper.  Even a few years in, I still worry about being ...
  • Wild About Wildflowers

    by our Permaculture Consultant, Lauren Lochrie of Herbal HomesteadThe following information has been adapted from the websites and sources noted at the end. Why wildflowers matter “Wildflowers and wildflower-rich habitats support insects and other wildlife. In the UK, we need a wide range of wild...
  • Learning from Failure

    Have I ever told you that I dropped out of not one, but 2 Master's degrees? Oh yes! In my days of working in Public Health, I had been acccepted to a prestigious Master's of Public Health course in London. It was the logical next step on my path to being a Public Health lead for West London. One ...
  • Regenerative Farming (and Business) By Stealth - Hosting AirBnB Experience Farm Tours

    (we’ve started up the VLOG again, you can see a bit of a (Satur)day in the life all about our Airbnb Experiences here)It’s a thing we say a lot about what we do - that we are teaching people about “regenerative farming by stealth”. Folks think that they are coming on a farm tour, a breadmaking w...
  • The Weight of Responsibility

    I wasn't going to add any more animals to the farm, so I added 10,000We all sat at the front door from 10:55am.  Our postman, Jim, has always been a punctual sort of fellow and we can set the clock by his 11:10am arrival on the farm. The waiting isn't uncommon  - in turns we have all been known t...
  • Mama's Super Magic Cream (aka Yarrow, Comfrey and Plantain Salve)

    The first time I watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I laughed hardest at the dad who sprayed Windex on every problem. Not only because it was funny, but because I had grown up with a mother who had her own particular panacea for all that ailed us - Bag Balm.  Got a big bite? Bag Balm. Sunburn? Bag...
  • 19th January 2018

    Its just gone 7am.  I've thrown Kevin's oversized lumberjack shirt and boots over my pyjamas to make the 8 steps to the studio.  My coffee has settled to the perfect lukewarm temperature and I am squeezing in a few precious moments of writing before I begin the daily ritual of breakfast/chores/sc...
  • If you follow me on Instagram, you will not at all be surprised by this latest tutorial.  Impending deadlines, a rather empty end-of-January bank balance and last week's high winds combined beautifully to create a number of buttons for a piece I am currently finishing up for a magazine. Over the ...