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Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

September 28, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

Embellish with Relish, written by the co-founder of the Hawkshead Relish Company Marie Whitehead, is a treat.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

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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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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“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: 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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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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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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Theatre Review: The Big Corner, Bolton Octagon

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Big Corner, Bolton Octagon

Gleaned from a collection of short stories by Bill Naughton (of Alfie fame) and adapted into a play by Lawrence Till, The Big Corner is a heartfelt homage to life in Bolton when cotton was king.

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Review: All I See Is You, Bolton Octagon

April 12, 2018 Comments Off on Review: All I See Is You, Bolton Octagon

Set in Bolton in 1967, All I See Is You is a stark reminder of how life was for young gay men before decriminalisation.

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