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Fleetneedles Forage

Claire Fleetneedle shares her journey of discovery into the remarkable uses of our wild flora and fauna.

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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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Blackthorn in flower

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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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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Hawthorn

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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Fleetneedles Forage: Idle Women’s Physic Garden

March 29, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Idle Women’s Physic Garden

As the first Spring shoots appear, my mind inevitably wanders to what more I can squeeze into my little garden.

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Wine making, Claire Fleetneedle

Fleetneedles Forage: Fermenting Fun (or winemaking for beginners)

January 5, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Fermenting Fun (or winemaking for beginners)

So 2017 has departed and most people are trying to stick to whatever New Year’s resolution they’ve set themselves.

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Glastonbury pod

Fleetneedles Forage does Glastonbury – the town

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage does Glastonbury – the town

My first trip to Glastonbury was to the festival in 1995 when the town was a passing blur before we joined the throng.

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Hot pink rose

Fleetneedles Forage: The Roses of the North

June 27, 2017 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Roses of the North

Roses are an enduring icon of the North: red for Lancashire and white for Yorkshire.

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