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Inner city mindfulness

The kernel of this blog is simplicity. If we could only move our lives back into simplicity, so many of our contemporary problems would diminish or depart entirely. And I find it ridiculously hard to do sometimes. The ‘things to do list’ only … Continue reading

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A better life is possible – I’ve seen it

This blog started out as a record of my attempts to ‘escape the system’ and live more lightly and simply on the planet. Over time it’s become more focused on nature as a theme, and I’ve posted poetry as well as prose. … Continue reading

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On time and patterns

for ‘our pictures, your words’ event at the fantastic Made in Greenwich gallery May 2015. Inspired by Nicola White’s fish, Deborah Larne’s Signs of Serendipity (and accompanying music) and David Weekes’ Greenwich railway station painting, all part of a Made in … Continue reading

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Blast away winter blues with herbs

Seeing as I’m running workshops at a city farm to help people move to a simpler lifestyle, I’ll start sharing some of the learnings here. I’ve covered lots of different subjects in my workshops this year: growing on balconies and containers; … Continue reading

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Growing and making your own medicines

Earlier this month I found myself alongside three other women, standing round a stove watching an older, grey-haired woman stir something in a cauldron..sorry saucepan. I was on a day’s intensive workshop focusing on 15 medicinal herbs – how to grow them, … Continue reading

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Sunlit tree flowers and leaves

In homage to this week’s beautiful sun-filled evenings… Sun through horse chestnut leaves, Dulwich Silhouetted tree flowers, Dulwich

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Tree flowers

I’ve really enjoyed noticing flowering trees this spring, hungry for signs that the Narnian winter was on its way out. Many wind-pollinated trees put out tiny flowers before, or alongside, their leaves, as leaves can get in the way of … Continue reading

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The denatured cat

A beautiful rescue cat has recently come to live with me, and she is wild and lovely in many ways. No-one knows how old she really is, but we guess somewhere around 10-14. That means she’s on the elderly side, … Continue reading

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Two weeks of silence and poetry

I recently spent two weeks on a silent meditation retreat deep in the Scottish Highlands. I’ve done a silent retreat before but it was only 7 days long, and it was four years ago. I don’t meditate as regularly as … Continue reading

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CSI in the snow

I took the advantage of the fresh snow to get some information about what kind of crepuscular/nocturnal creatures could be lurking around my home – human and non-human! It was fascinating to get a glimpse of last night’s activities, most … Continue reading

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