Gardening in August

 

Fingers crossed August will be warm and sunny with rain to keep the plants dry… but whatever the weather there are plenty of things to keep you busy while you are gardening in August. Read more

Swifts in the Loft

This week is Swift Awareness Week (June 22nd – 30th). I love Swifts and am lucky enough to have some nesting in the loft. Also known as Devil Birds, for their screaming. For me the call of the Swift is one of the sounds of the summer. Arriving from Africa through out May and June, these birds fill the skies with their acrobatic flight and haunting cries. 

But there are too few Swifts in the sky. Their numbers have fallen significantly since the seventies and Swifts are now on the amber list. Swifts have declined by over 50% in recent years.  Read more

Island Hopping of the Coast of the UK

Discover the islands around the UK. The furthest north settlement are the Shetland Islands, the furthest south settlement is Saint Clement, Jersey. (Technically a Crown Dependency and not part of the UK, governed by the UK. And it is a beautiful Island so we have decided to included it. And there are many in-between (and around). I don’t have the space to talk about them all here, but if you feel like island hoping for your holidays this year, why not do it around the UK.  Read more

Build your own hedge fund…. from as little as £5 investment

Build your own hedge fund In this fast paced, financially driven world, money seems to be the ultimate goal for most. What to invest in, where to put your money, what is the best return for your buck?

This simple, straightforward guide on investing in a ‘hedge’ fund will guide you through:

  • What to invest in.
  • The benefits of a ‘hedge’ fund.
  • The returns on your ‘hedge’ fund. Read more

6 Ways to Help the Wildlife in your Garden

 

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Gardens can be a wonderful place to relax and recharge. They can also be a great place for children to learn about plants and nature. One of the lovely things about the garden is it can be a lovely, safe space for nature. Bees, butterflies and hedgehogs are all decreasing in number, and all need a little help and a little more space. Here are a few ways to help your garden be more eco-friendly and encourage wildlife into your garden. Read more

Garden Time | March 

March weather can be a little bit hit and miss. We have already had Storm Gareth and the weather is set to be grey and windy for the week to come. Some aspects of gardening may not be fun at this time of year… but they are necessary. So here are a few things you can do in the sunshine moments. Or in the rain if you feel up to it!

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Wine in the British Isle | Hanwell Wine Vineyards

I have to confess I usually drink French or Italian wine. It may not be particularly ‘cool’ to drink it, but I love a beaujolais on a cold, winter evening or a nice light white wine in the summer. But it turns out I was missing something… British wine! English wine is becoming increasingly popular and with this popularity a wider range are available to try. There are wine estates you can visit and buy from across the country. We spoke to Helena, the owner of one such Vineyard, based in Nottinghamshire.  Read more

Living Walls | Thinking Green

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We love plants. Anyone who follows us on social media will have had a hint of it already. So we decided to tell you a little bit about why we love plants and give you a few ideas on how to incorporate them into your life. We spoke to Plant Design, a company that specialises in bringing plants into indoor spaces, to find out a more. 

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Bee Charity – What the Proceeds do for bees!

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As a current supporter of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, we would love to share a little more about why we support this charity, and what they do with the money raised through your support and the purchase of any of our bee products.

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To Plant a Tree…

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now – Chinese proverb.

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