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…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste – part deux

Having a family can certainly add to the waste we produce, an estimated 1/2 tonne of disposable nappies are produced every year per child- nappies in landfills take up to 500 years to degrade and around 200, 000 trees are lost each year to make disposable nappies for babies in the USA alone. The arrival…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste

That’s the thing about sustainability, it’s just so darn nice to look at. Alternatives to plastic are usually far more beautiful as well as kinder to the pocket and the environment. According to the Greenpeace Energy desk news, the UK government quietly reduced recycling targets for plastics last year- meaning that even more plastic is…

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…

Finding The Joy In January

Watching Lapwings against blue skies along our beach. Savouring the final winter crops of sprouts. The texture of chunky teal-coloured aran. Feeding hungry winter birds from the birdtable (a gorgeous Christmas gift from my brother) Baking Aunt Bev’s Country Seed Bread with my little boy. The first British daffodils in a Cornish jug. Adventures with…

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…

A Very British Coup

The election of Jeremy Corbin as leader of the opposition has raised eyebrows amongst Britain’s political classes and many members of the establishment. Click here for 24 things Jeremy Corbin stands for As a rank outsider, party members had seen Mr. Corbin as an additional candidate who would not gain a large share of the vote,…

A Greener Baby

While it could be said that having a baby is not the best thing for the environment, we have certainly tried our best to reduce our little boy’s impact on the planet and build a better future for him. From the outset we were certain that we didn’t want to overwhelm our little house with…

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…

The Age Of Stupid

If you have an hour spend it wisely….watch Franny Armstrong directs Pete Postlethwaite in an extraordinary piece of film –  a profound epitaph for Mr. Postlethwaite.

Trust

*   Trust is rather thin on the ground of late as the bankers and politicians seem to self-justify ever growing bonuses and (in Cameron’s case) a relaxation of our planning laws. In our village a large, early Victorian house has been bulldozed to make way for three ‘executive’ homes with the justification that the building was in…