Reupholstering an office chair – it is easier than you think

I have been looking around for an office chair for a while now.  I mainly work from home and after a few hours sitting on a dining chair begins to get uncomfortable.  Maybe it is the difference in height between the desk and the chair, maybe I just need to get up and walk a bit more rather than sit at the computer for hours.  Either way, I thought a proper office chair would help. […]

Reupholstering an office chair

Victoria Plum Jam Recipe

Victoria Plum Jam Recipe

I have recently re-used an old Victoria Plum Jam recipe, here’s a jar I have made this year.. This brought to mind an event in early July 1981. At approximately 10:30 pm,  on NTM 873V, she was a beautiful Moto-Guzzi V50 II, To me the epitome of Italian style and class, as Italian as a gelato, an espresso, a cinquecento.  I digress though, what has this to do with Plum Jam? Well, that early July I was on […]


Foraging for Free Food

Autumn is my favourite season, a time for walks in the countryside, kicking leaves and foraging.  If you live on the edge of a town as we do, there is plenty to be found if you look around. We pick blackberries and use them to spark up our porridge in the morning, to make jam and to add to crumbles.  This year I want to try fruit leather too. Look at the perimeter of your […]

Foraging for Free Food

autumn vegetable harvest

Bumper harvest of Autumn vegetables and first steps in Permaculture

I have no idea where this year has gone!  One minute it was the New Year, next we are harvesting Autumn vegetables and the nights are drawing in. This year I spent more time planning what to grow across our two vegetables beds to get the most out of our plot.  I’ve found lots of interesting information on the Permaculture Association website which has informed some of my plans. I tried companion planting and also […]