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Author: Claire Fleetneedle

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Fleetneedles Forage: The Poison Garden

June 30, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Poison Garden

I recently discovered the existence of Alnwick Castle and The Poison Garden. Needless to say it is now on my top ten list of places to go.

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bluebells and trees

Fleetneedles Forage: more Spring flowers and their uses

May 11, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: more Spring flowers and their uses

After writing my last article about the properties of early Spring flowers, I realised I mainly research herbs with recognised herbal benefits, often overlooking the common wild flowers I have known all my life.

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Archway overlooking the reservoirs

The Magic of Rivington

April 12, 2016 Comments Off on The Magic of Rivington

Rivington Pike and the surrounding landscape of the West Pennine Moors have been a feature of my life for as long as I can recall.

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Snowdrops

Fleetneedles Forage: Spring flowers and their uses

March 13, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Spring flowers and their uses

It might not always feel like it but Spring is finally here.

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Where everybody knows your name: The Railway, Bolton

February 2, 2016 2 Comments

There have been few places that, just by stepping over the threshold, have felt like coming home. When I was a teenager it was the John Bull pub in Wigan, followed later in the evening by head-banging rock nights at Maximes.

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Echinacea (purple cone flower)

Fleetneedles Forage: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

With Winter well underway, the next few months are traditionally chilly, drab and punctuated by an assortment of coughs, colds and viruses.

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Rosehips in a bowl

Fleetneedles Forage: The Herbs and Hedgerows of Wartime Britain

November 16, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Herbs and Hedgerows of Wartime Britain

Like many kids in the early 80s I was given Delrosa Rosehip Syrup whenever a cold threatened me.

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Besom Broom

Fleetneedles Forage: Something Wicked This Way Comes

October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Something Wicked This Way Comes

The notion of witches has always fascinated me. It began in childhood when I read books about witches such as Meg and Mog.

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Elderberries

Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

September 24, 2015 Comments Off on Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

As the last days of Summer peter out and early Autumn beckons I realise it is my busiest time of year and I need to get a wriggle on.

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Hot pink rose

Fleetneedles Forage: natural beauty treatments

August 8, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: natural beauty treatments

It’s hard to consider my herbal odyssey without acknowledging how much it now factors in my everyday life.

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