Esmeralda Burg: Confessions of a Hippy Dropout – (1) Off the Grid

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I am convinced my parents were both wasted when they decided to name me, their only child, Esmeralda. Esmeralda Burg literally means Emerald City. Of course, they assured me my name stemmed from their love of my ‘beautiful green eyes’, … Continue reading

Confessions of a Hippy Dropout – or – What It’s Really Like To Live Off The Grid

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drop out and live off the grid? This week sees the start of my new ‘Off the Grid’ short story series Esmeralda Burg: Confessions of a Hippy Dropout. It is the … Continue reading

Resolutions… Writing Books, Hygge & Cheesy Christmas Leftovers

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Hi everyone – long time no chat – sorry… Okay, so I have an excuse, I have been busy with my other life – my author life. This year I have published a number of books including two Best Sellers, … Continue reading

Twelve Ideas For Using Up Your Tomato Crop

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It’s tomato season! Are you buried under a pile of quickly ripening tomatoes? Do you hate wasting them? This time of year, I, like many gardeners end up with too many tomatoes. So, I have been busy investigating frugal ways … Continue reading

Kitchen Garden Update

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We we were relative newcomers to kitchen gardening when we began our little ‘Good Life’ project last year. As you can see, even with all the preparation that we did it was a slow process and there were some notable … Continue reading

Are We Foraging Too Much? – Sustainable Foraging

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This has been called the year of the foragers. Every year more and more people armed with field books are tearing up the hedgerows and uprooting the fungi. All of this is likely due to the early efforts of TV … Continue reading

Elderflower Cordial

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Sweetly scented, creamy-white elder flowers make a wonderfully aromatic cordial. Best gathered just as the many tiny buds are beginning to open, and some are still closed. Pick on a warm, dry day  and be sure to leave some flowers … Continue reading

One for the Ladies ~ Red Clover Tea

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Every year, a beautiful crop of red clover blooms in the meadow where I walk Jinks every day. Of course, I take advantage of the bumper crop by picking some and drying it for herbal tea. Red clover is cultivated … Continue reading