Adopt a Hen Today

In Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles in central London, local businesses are taking part in a Chicken Sponsorship Scheme as part of an effort to unite urban areas by caring for community chicken coops. In a nutshell, this scheme offers people the chance to finance the care of their chosen hen and support the volunteers…

4 Steps to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

If like me you have emerged from a plane, less like a glamourous A-lister and more like a shrivelled prune with a bad back and puffy eyes – then these are some of the best and easiest tips to surviving the longest *and sometimes the shortest are the worst* of flights … Hydrate I’m not…

A Little Time Out

Last week, while counting down the days till Bank Holiday Weekend, planning what to do, who to see, how to get there and when would be the best time to travel, I realised that throughout those three days, I didn’t have a moment to spare. A moment for me. A moment to be quiet. To…

Ho’oponopono – I love you, I thank you…

I’m Sorry. Please Forgive Me. I Love You. Thank You. Let me guess, after reading those four sentences you think I am a hippy destined to try and lure you into a world of peace and love.   Not quite. Well maybe, slightly…   These four sentences make up the four main beliefs of Ho’oponono….

Protect our nations verges

A NEW PLANTLIFE STUDY SHOWS THAT BRITAIN’S ROAD VERGES ARE HOME TO 703 SPECIES OF WILD PLANTS, MORE THAN IN ANY OTHER PART OF OUR LANDSCAPE, AND 87 OF THEM ARE EITHER THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION OR HEADING THAT WAY. IN ADDITION, 88% OF THESE WILD PLANTS PROVIDE NECTAR AND POLLEN FOR BEES AND OTHER INSECTS,…

Oh, Honey, Honey.

Honey is deliciously sweet and is made by bees using the nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (Apis) is the one most of us know, as it is the type of honey collected by most beekeepers and consumed by us hungry bears. Bumblebees, stingless bees and other hymenopteran insects such as honey…

It’s Tiffin Time – Delicious Bristol Eats

Feeling a bit peckish this lunch time? Bored of the the hum-drum trips to the supermarket and cramming in a boxed and boring sandwich; slightly squashed and smelling slightly odd. Tired of munching on dull salad, tasting faintly of chlorine or diving into a packet of crisps only to find the packet half empty and…

Flower Arranging : National Flower Arranging Day!

Take a look at them stems! Lauren Morris finds out how to keep your buds looking fresh as a daisy  Main Image credit: master1305 The garden is the place to be to enjoy beautiful blooms, sensuous scents and gorgeous greenery, that is until the inevitable spring rain moves in. Then of course, the place to be…

Greening Grey Britain

CELEBRITIES INCLUDING JOANNA LUMLEY, KATE MOSS AND SOL CAMPBELL HAVE DECORATED SEED PACKETS TO BE AUCTIONED VIA EBAY DURING RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE RHS GREENING GREY BRITAIN CAMPAIGN, WHICH AIMS TO TRANSFORM 6,000 GREY SPACES IN TO PLANTED-UP GREEN PLACES OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. The likes of…

Elderflower Cordial: Sprig to Swig

Image: British Larder The summer months are perfect to get into the countryside and forage for free delights, treats and goodies. Elderflower cordial is one of my favourite summer drinks as it can be used in non-alcoholic and alcoholic (result!) drinks. It can also be used in delicious desserts like champagne jellies or frozen elderflower…

Hot Damn Good Jam Recipe – Hints and Tips

Strawberries are starting to peek out from beneath their leaves and their beautiful delicate white flowers are replaced by plump, juicy red fruit. Summer + strawberries = Pimms o’clock, Wimbledon and Eton mess; it’s a simple equation. But so often your berries play games with you and those little delicious deviants always seem to come in…