Foraging In Spring – Hedgerow Leaf Salad

Spring Hedgerow Leaf  Salad Serves 4 It always surprises me what strange and wonderful edible shoots and leaves I can find out and about – and in our own gardens at this time of year. Hedgerows can yield some great … Continue reading

Esmeralda Burg: Confessions of a Hippy Dropout – (Episode 2 :- Home Sweet Homestead)

He removed his shirt, snuggled in beside me and kissed my earlobe, nibbling at it gently before urgently thrusting his tongue inside. He smelled strange… musty, and his whiskers were tickling my face… Whiskers? I opened my eyes and screamed. The … Continue reading

Ten Essentials for Foraging

I have been asked many times what I would recommend for an absolute beginner to the world of foraging. It may seem an easy task but in the spirit of attempting to do my best for those who are about … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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