Category Archives: Frugal

Fermentation: making sauerkraut

This one is for Richard xx My adventures in sauerkraut have not all been happy ones.  It’s fair to say that I’ve had my share of (very smelly) experimental failures.  But failure is a step on the path to success, … Continue reading

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Do what you can with what you have: water

In this long hot dry spell, it feels like a good time to write about how we use water, and how we can use less of it.  Especially those of us who have gardens and plants in pots, and tender … Continue reading

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“We took a charming walk to Charlcombe…”

“…sweetly situated in a little green valley.” So wrote Jane Austen on 2 June 1799.  One recent Sunday we followed in her footsteps.  It was indeed charming.  Here’s a flavour of what we saw along the way.  There may have … Continue reading

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Do what you can with what you have: fermenting well

On my list of things I’d like to do this year I included learning how to ferment (preferably without creating a new range of chemical weapons).  To my surprise, I seem to have done exactly that. As I looked around … Continue reading

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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day (and a new year), and I’m feeling good – except I’m not!

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, in anticipation of posting on 1 January 2018.  Life and a bout of flu intervened – hence the ‘except I’m not!’ tagged on this morning.   So here we are in 2018. … Continue reading

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Allotment update: September 2017

One of the things I love about working an allotment is that it really keeps you rooted in the annual cycle of life.  And yes, the pun is fully intended, and very appropriate. Now, in September, as many of the … Continue reading

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Just playing around (and a request!)

After finishing the last big (crochet) blanket I felt like just playing around a bit.  So I got out all the odds and ends of blanket yarn and started on a small ‘granny stripe’ blanket using Lucy’s online tutorial (Attic24). … Continue reading

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