Monday, 31 October 2011

Pumpkin fun

Happy Halloween everyone!

I was incredibly proud this year to have grown my own pumpkins from a plant donated by Helen and have been looking forward to October 31st all summer.

Jonathan and I spent Saturday morning carving our lanterns and then when we went out to celebrate Halloween in the evening, I was still so excited, I even dressed as a pumpkin.

The next day, embarrassingly hungover, I just about managed to sum up the energy to make some salt and pepper snacks with the seeds.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Saturday, 22 October 2011

a beautiful camper van

Artemis over at Junkaholique has thought of everything in the project she recently undertook with her husband to renovate their VW camper van... snuggly blankets, beautiful prints for curtains and cushions, bunting, fairy lights and vintage crockery.

I have been daydreaming of this ever since I saw the pictures she posted.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Crochet Stegosaurus

Just when I started to learn crochet, I got a bit ahead of myself and decided to make a stegosaurus for Jess.

Luckily I found this amazing pattern and was able to make a beautiful Stegner. Thought you might like to see it.

The pattern was easy to follow and so cute, I've been meaning to say thanks to Anne-Marie for ages but never got round to it!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Weighing Baby Hedgehogs

Just had an amazing day volunteering with my colleagues at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital near Chichester.

I didn't get to weigh any baby hedgehogs myself but I got to cuddle one!

Check out some of the residents...

Monday, 10 October 2011

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

elderflower project

This is the start of my latest project. I actually have a plan for what will happen to these flowers once I've made a few hundred, but it's a surprise...


It's exciting when you find out that someone you know can take amazing photos.

This striking image was taken by my cousin when she went to India recently.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Stealing sheep

Saw Emmy The Great playing at the Duke of York yesterday, supported by Stealing sheep, who sang delicate psychedelic melodies full of rainclouds, paper moons and summer.

When I'm in a girl band, I want it to be this kind of girl band.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

On the wire.

Perched outside The Exchange on Goldstone St last week.

on hating waste...

I'm getting a compost bin this weekend! Very exciting.

Since learning about the impact that landfill has on our climate, I've been feeling infinitely guilty every time I throw potato peelings into the bin. So from next week I'll be taking the cradle to cradle approach and turning it all into goodness to put back onto the allotment!

The tories' announcement this week that they are to spend £250m increasing the frequency of rubbish collections reminds us just how much we throw away. 8.3 million tonnes of food are chucked each year, mostly perfectly edible, and the impact this waste has on the planet is not restricted to the amount of methane gas from landfill but also incorporates the huge amounts of CO2 released during the production, transportation and storing of the food.

When you've got twits like Eric Pickles spouting rubbish like "it's a basic right for every English man and woman to be able to put the remnants of their chicken tikka masala in their bin without having to wait a fortnight for it to be collected", it's hard to know what hope is left for this country. But luckily, campaigns like Love Food Hate Waste and Harvest Brighton and Hove are encouraging individuals and local government to take more action on reducing, reusing and recycling the stuff we buy (in that order).
Sat in Thorne's this afternoon, enjoying their Seasonal Allotment platter, Ali and I reflected on the proverb proudly displayed on their wall.

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.

Throwing food away is massively disrespectful to the farmer who grew the food, not to mention the millions of starving people in the world and those affected by the change in climate which is exacerbated by our hugely inefficient global food supply chain.

Not everyone can compost, but if you can, be proud that you are doing something so important. And if you can't, there's a number of ways you can reduce the amount of food you throw away, mostly just by being conscious of what you're doing.

The best and tastiest way is to make sure you always ask for a doggy bag if you can't eat your dinner in a restaurant but check out Love Food Hate Waste for more ideas.

Sumptuosity badges

I see these badges all over the place when I'm shopping in the laines and Sumptuoisity have recently added a knitting range to their gorgeous button badge assortment. Such a lovely idea, the badges are all made of silk and knitting wool. So cute.

Very tempting... you can buy them here.