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Gardening: Beautiful Borders

September 23, 2022 No Comments

Is there anything more quintessentially English than a cottage garden border?

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Fleetneedles Forage –Apple Futures  

Fleetneedle’s Forage: You’re the apple of my eye

September 22, 2022 No Comments

As we approach the end of a long, hot summer, most fruit and vegetables are becoming ripe a good few weeks earlier than usual.  

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Gardening: A rose by any other name

September 12, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: A rose by any other name

There’s a rose in my garden which looks like a raspberry ripple ice cream. The Rosa Ferdinand Pichard is a thing of beauty and makes me smile every time I walk past it.

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Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

August 22, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

There’s a card on my wall which sums me up perfectly. A present from my sister, it reads: ‘She just couldn’t behave herself with cheese.’

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Fleetneedles Forage: Searching the sensory garden

August 2, 2022 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Searching the sensory garden

A few weeks ago I discovered a sensory garden in Southport’s Hesketh Park. It was largely overgrown but, through the mass of unruly vegetation, I could see there was a wealth of foraging delights. I decided to return at peak flowering season knowing it would make identification easier.

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Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

July 23, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

It’s odd how your priorities change as you get older. In my younger days I lived in London with access to a communal garden. I was content to wander round, cats in tow, safe in the knowledge that someone else would mow the grass and sort out the weeds.

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Fleetneedles Forage: The street food you can enjoy for free

July 14, 2022 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The street food you can enjoy for free

It’s been an eventful couple of years. Now I’m settled, for the time being at least, it felt like a good time to return to my roots – foraging. The cost-of-living crisis won’t have escaped anyone’s attention. Food prices in particular have risen astronomically and it’s no surprise that people are struggling to make ends meet, with some skipping meals and using food banks to get by.

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Little Bird

A Little Bird says…should the West fight for victory or settle for peace in Ukraine?

July 2, 2022 Comments Off on A Little Bird says…should the West fight for victory or settle for peace in Ukraine?
In a series of editorials where leading writers are free to say what they want under a pen name, Little Bird writes about the conflict in Ukraine. 
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Review: Power UP, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

June 23, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Power UP, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

We’re now at the point where the video games age has accumulated a history that stretches back across generations.

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Review: Doctor Who – Worlds of Wonder, Liverpool World Museum

June 21, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Doctor Who – Worlds of Wonder, Liverpool World Museum

Back when Doctor Who was first heading to TV screens in 1963, there was a behind-the-scenes intention for it to provide improving, semi-educational content about science and history for young viewers.

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