Category Archives: Farming

A lovely evening: food from waste (again)

It was a lovely evening in every sense.  Most obviously, the sun was shining, the sky was clear, and the weather warm.  Malcolm had arranged for us to meet with youngest son and daughter-in-law at a pop-up pizza place right … Continue reading

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Allotment update: June

Well here we are at the end of June, and the allotment looks very different from how it did at the start of the year.  Everything is growing like crazy and its hard to keep up, but in a good … Continue reading

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Two Sundays, two countries, two festivals

Festival one: Weinfest: an annual event in the village in the Black Forest. celebrating the wine they make.  A long weekend of fun and entertainment.  It feels like everyone from the village goes, and there seems to be an agreed … Continue reading

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Woodpiles

What can I say?  I just love to see them.  I love looking at them.  They have their own beauty.  In each country they seem to take a different form.  Here in the Black Forest, they are neat and tidy, … Continue reading

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Seeing differently: all the hard work

Staying in a rural agricultural area like this one in the Black Forest, it’s easy to see and enjoy the natural world.  After all, we’re surrounded by trees, forest, vineyards, orchards, gardens.  Much of the time the only sounds to … Continue reading

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The cherry orchard

No, not the famous one in the play.  The one I was sitting in one morning in the Black Forest. Yes, the Black Forest really does have cherries, lots and lots and lots of them.  Not actually in the forest … Continue reading

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Inspirations: food from waste

Every now and then you come across an idea that keeps on reappearing in different guises.  An idea I keep stumbling across right now is growing mushrooms on food waste.  Spent coffee grounds, to be  specific. Here in Bath, our … Continue reading

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Wood from a stone

Back last summer we revisited a favourite place – the Val Gardena in the Dolomites (northern Italy).  It’s a fascinating and very beautiful place, and one I go back to time and again to walk and rewind. Historically it was … Continue reading

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