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Author: Claire Fleetneedle

bees drinking nectar, Manchester Cathedral

Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

September 10, 2019 No Comments

Since cultivating my bee garden, I’ve grown increasingly interested in the life cycle of bees. I’ve fancied doing a beekeeping course for ages so I was over the moon to be able to visit the hives at Manchester Cathedral.

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Flowersmiths

Fleetneedles Forage: Sustainably Local

July 31, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Sustainably Local

No one who watched the BBC‘s recent War on Plastics with Hugh and Anita could fail to be affected by the reality of plastic pollution on our planet.

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Bumble bee and chive flower

Fleetneedles Forage: How to please the bees

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: How to please the bees

As a proud emblem of Manchester’s industrial past, the bee has always been a familiar symbol.

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“I’m always amazed at the many ways in which voice coaching can help people.”

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on “I’m always amazed at the many ways in which voice coaching can help people.”

My journey with voice training goes back generations.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Nature’s Way – The Accidental Organic Gardener

May 6, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Nature’s Way – The Accidental Organic Gardener

Although I’m a forager through and through, two things have slowed my enthusiasm for rustling through the hedgerows of late.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Festive Flummery and a History of Christmas

December 19, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Festive Flummery and a History of Christmas

Every year I try to pin Christmas down – an atmosphere, a perfect gathering, a woodland walk on a crisp December day.

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The Egyptian Collection, Bolton Museum

Review: Bolton’s Egypt, Bolton Museum

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Bolton’s Egypt, Bolton Museum

I have visited Bolton museum many times in the past 30 years. So when I learned about its £3.8 million refurb I was expecting the usual neat display cases.

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Moor fires, image by Claire Fleetneedle

Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

It’s been a weird summer over here at Fleedneedles Forage.

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Fleetneedles Forage: May Trees

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: May Trees

The month of May is always the blossom month to my mind, but as the apple, pear and cherry blooms begin to fall the hawthorn is just coming into its own.

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slug and grapefruit

Fleetneedles Forage: Slug-Hunting and Fertilising the Natural Way

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Slug-Hunting and Fertilising the Natural Way

We have some pretty resilient slugs down our way happily munching lots of things, not least foxgloves, a plant they are supposed to loathe.

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