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'Precoce de Louviers' Pointy Spring Cabbage

The second thing we planted out this weekend just gone was these, the fantastically ponce-ily named ‘Precoce de Louviers’ Pointy Spring Cabbage:

It’s French, dahling. As the name suggests it’s a Spring cabbage, so we’ve started them off now in the hope that we’ll have tasty cabbages to nom in the Springtime. 136 more words


when Bertha gives you apples

They say when God gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Personally, I would opt for limoncello, but we live in a cool climate, and don’t have a lemon tree… but when what was left of hurricane Bertha swept through last month, she gave us windfall apples, lots of them.   308 more words


Self-sufficiency - a way of life turned into a lesson

So being pagan, I have a very strong desire to be as environmentally friendly as possible which has developed into a desire to be self sufficient, however this is a way of life we are not yet able to fulfil completely due to our housing arrangements. 610 more words

Home Education

The New Album of Music

I’m super excited to announce the completion and release of the new Snapping Turtle album, “Chelydra 11.” 

Snapping Turtle is the musical version of my art.  167 more words

Self Sufficiency

Back to School Breakfast--Omelet Muffins

Tonight I made up a batch of pancakes and some individually-sized omelets in a muffin tin. This gives the kids their breakfasts for the next couple of days and allows me to be completely spaced out in the mornings while I adjust to their new schedule. 351 more words


apple pressing

This time of year is all about preserving the harvest, and some of that is the making of chutneys and pickles.  I have stocked up on supplies of malt vinegar, something that the village shops run out of quickly at this time of year as others are  doing the same, but this made me consider making our own vinegar, and I have been tuning into various mutterings over vinegar making on the net – in particular… 208 more words


Aquadulce Longpod Broad Bean

Lately we’ve turned our attention to the upcoming seasons, AUTUMN (and Winter!) and the impending hungry gap. It’s our first winter season as Allotmenteers so we’re trying our a few things both to grow and eat over the season and to overwinter into the spring. 174 more words