June and July Through A Lens

Sunlight filtered through lime-green spring leaves. A holiday in Yorkshire. Enjoying the sunshine in Barnard Castle Park. Despite the slugs, caterpillars, aphids and (a new interloper to the feast) a pigeon- some vegetables start to grow.   Watching the gala procession with daddy. Looking for treasure…

Treasures

Getting hold of a wider range of goods and services without using the car usually involves a journey across the estuary, and what a delight it is. A short walk takes us to our local ferry and a bumpy ride over the sea transports us to Fleetwood, a town packed full of interesting architecture and…

Ulverston

There is something about a day out which begins with a train journey which turns the whole event into something out of an Enid Blyton story, (you can almost taste the potted meat sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer). Travel by locomotive features regularly in the best fiction- Harry Potter’s journey to Hogwarts, evacuation at…

Solidarity Saturdays

Heart-warming morning visiting Solidarity Saturday at Preston New Road. Lovely people, great cake- warming tea and coffee. Rescue bears…..give one a home today. Superstars….every single one.  

Into The Woods

Where dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,There lies a leafy island Where flapping herons wake The drowsy water rats; There we’ve hid our faery vats, Full of berrys And of reddest stolen cherries. Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For…

More Joy in January

Picnics al fresco. Homemade soup to keep out the cold. Blazing fires to snuggle up to. Egg and soldiers. Keeping up the fight for the health of our air and water.

A Small Change With Huge Impacts

Firstly a confession, I have been getting it wrong, very wrong in fact. Expending energies on taking glass containers to the shop,buying second hand, eating mostly vegetables…..seeing my part in the fight for the planet as one which could be fought within the boundaries of my own home, within my own village. I’ve changed my…

Why far fewer toys mean a happier and healthier child.

Children with too many toys struggle to focus properly and fail to gain meaningful experiences through play. Our son turns one next month and we have made a special effort to limit the number of presents he is given this year. We have requested that people do not buy him gifts, asking friends and family to…

A Little Village with a big heart sends a special Valentine

A small village in North Lancashire is preparing to send an extra special Valentine in 2016. Knott End, a small village tucked away on a peninsula north of Blackpool, famed only for its brief connection to the painter L.S Lowry (he painted the Knott End ferry during his holidays there) is preparing to demonstrate how…

Slowing down, re-evaluating

January always lends itself to reflection and re-evaluating  life’s priorities. CC and I had a wonderful Christmas spent with family and our new baby. We shared time with our families, including CC’s mother who came to visit from Canada. I know that the memories of this Christmas will stay with us for a long time….

Why the issue is so much bigger than fracking

The energy industry would have us believe that fracking is a safe procedure which would ensure our ‘energy security’ . Our government is enthusiastically promoting fracking as an answer to our energy needs, pushing forward new licences for much of the UK. For a fossil fuel company, such as Cuadrilla, its one imperative is to…