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Life on Pig Row

Pig Row is the tale of a move from semi-urban life to a self-sufficientish lifestyle in a cottage set within a quarter of an acre on top of the Pennines.

Wild blooms by Chris Payne

How green is your city?

September 8, 2015 Comments Off on How green is your city?

Manchester roads made all the wrong headlines last month when flooding caused a giant sinkhole to appear in the middle of Mancunian way – and then became an unlikely tourist attraction.

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Monster Vegetables at the Harrogate Show

September 30, 2014 Comments Off on Monster Vegetables at the Harrogate Show

You can see them crouching beside the tables, cameras out, tape measures at the ready: show groupies. A selective and determined small group of people, like myself, who coo and ooh at the size of someone’s plums.

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Rushcart: The Last Bells You Will Ever Wear

September 12, 2014 Comments Off on Rushcart: The Last Bells You Will Ever Wear

Most Northern traditions involve beer.

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Rachel de Thame talks to Northern Soul about her passion for plants

August 20, 2014 Comments Off on Rachel de Thame talks to Northern Soul about her passion for plants

It’s typical Manchester weather, the kind that sneaks through open doorways and under large awnings and marquees.

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Dig the City

Dig(ging) the City, Greening the City

August 10, 2014 Comments Off on Dig(ging) the City, Greening the City

Dig the City is Manchester’s urban gardening festival.

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Hello Yorkshire! It’s Yorkshire Day

August 8, 2014 Comments Off on Hello Yorkshire! It’s Yorkshire Day

You don’t expect saying “Hello” to cause so much trouble on Yorkshire Day but this year it did.

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The aspirational shouldn’t garden

June 15, 2014 Comments Off on The aspirational shouldn’t garden

Chelsea Flower Show is over. Take a deep breath. Step away from social media. Allow your blood pressure to return to normal.

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Life on Pig Row: Learning to Swear

April 18, 2014 Comments Off on Life on Pig Row: Learning to Swear

Digging is a four letter word. Don’t believe me? Do some.

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Life on Pig Row: a life, not a lifestyle

March 1, 2014 Comments Off on Life on Pig Row: a life, not a lifestyle

We arrived at Pig Row during a storm, Carol was seven months pregnant, I was recovering from spinal problems and the movers hated us for having so many books.

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