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You Should Have Been Here Last Week – Book Review

I was sent this book to review by the lovely people at Pimpernel Press – I’d never really heard of a garden critic before and thought it sounded entertaining – it was! The opening line of the introduction is ‘You should have been here last week. That’s what people always say to garden writers.’ I don’t think it’s saved just for garden writers – I’ve heard that exact phrase from members of my local gardening club when it’s their turn to host a visit. It’s like the fish that got away. Continue reading You Should Have Been Here Last Week – Book Review

My new favourite bit of gardening kit

I’ve been keep seeing offers on the voucher sites like Groupon and Wowcher for these lightweight, non-kinking hosepipes and I’ve been pondering on getting one for ages now. I HATE trying to lug around our big old heavy thing, that keeps getting tangled up, not to mention knocking things over and battering them about. Continue reading My new favourite bit of gardening kit

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane – Book Review

I’m a lover of language and when I see an interesting-looking word I just have to try it out loud to see how it trips off the tongue. Living in Scotland is perfect for indulging this little hobby with place names such as Kircudbright (pronounced ‘kurcoobray’) Ecclefechan (‘eckelfeckan’), Auchenshuggle (‘awkenshuggle’), Auchtermuchty (‘awktermucktay’) and Findochty (‘fineckty’). Not to mention words like dreich (rainy, miserable), sleekit (cunning, sly), wheesht (shush!), coo (cow), crabbit (grumpy), stookey (plaster cast)  and bampot and eedjit (both meaning idiot). But enough about me… Continue reading Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane – Book Review

Homemade Food and Seed Swap

Yesterday afternoon we headed over to Whitmuir Community Farm to take part in a joint event between Whitmuir and  Food Communities.org where people were invited to visit the 2000m2 project at the farm and to bring homemade produce and seeds to swap with each other. I gingerly took my boxes of seeds out into the garden and shook the spiders out – thankfully I had LOADS to take (seeds not spiders)! Continue reading Homemade Food and Seed Swap

Homemade Food & Seed Swap Event at Whitmuir Farm – 25th Feb

We love going to Whitmuir Farm and this looks like a great event – not that we need an excuse to pop over – hopefully see a few of you there…

HOMEMADE FOOD & SEEDS SWAP, PICKLING & PRESERVING WORKSHOP, FREE HOT FOOD, AND A TOUR OF THE 2000M² PROJECT.

This FREE event has been organised by Food Communities & Whitmuir Community Farm. Everyone is very welcome to come along and you don’t have to bring something to swap, so please tell your friends! Bring your favourite homemade dishes, bakes, sweets, preserves etc and also any seeds to swap amongst the group.

We will meet in the 2000m² polytunnel at 4pm on Sunday 25th Feb for a tour of the 2000m² Project, showcasing the growing, composting and cooking activities that the project has been undertaking this year as part of its Food for a Better Climate project. At around 5pm we will go to the Whitmuir Organics Cafe where we will have our homemade food and seeds swap and a pickling and preserving workshop. Hot food will be provided free in the cafe by the 2000m² Project. The event will finish at around 6.30pm.

FAQs

What can I bring to swap at the event?

You can bring any homemade food you think will be of interest to other swappers (e.g. your best bread, tastiest soup, yummiest cake). This is an opportunity to showcase your cooking talents and try the food of other people in your community. We will also be swapping seeds.

Will we be eating the homemade food we swap at the event?

No. You should bring containers (e.g. tupperwares) to take your items home with you. We are not permitted to have homemade food consumed in the cafe.

How should I bring my homemade food to the event?

You should bring your food divided into small portions so that lots of people can sample it. Please also bring a printed list of ingredients to accompany your food in the interest of other swappers with dietary requirements.

Is there anything else I should bring with me?

If you can, it would be good to bring one or two empty and clean glass jars for the pickling and preserving workshop. Don’t worry if you don’t have any handy though, as there will be spares available.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is family friendly event however we would ask that any child under the age of 16 is accompanied by an adult as this is a working farm.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is no public transport to the event but we would encourage car sharing. Please get in touch if you would like to provide or accept a lift.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/homemade-food-seeds-swap-tickets-41417819814?aff=es2

Please Help Save Our Beautiful Hills From Development

One of the main attractions of moving to the hamlet of Nine Mile Burn was it’s peaceful location at the quieter end of The Pentland Hills Regional Park. We’re lucky to be part of a wonderful small community in an area of historical importance (we live along an old Roman Road) and undisputed natural beauty that is much enjoyed by ourselves and regular visitors and hill walkers seeking the tranquility that is on offer just on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Continue reading Please Help Save Our Beautiful Hills From Development

The New Food Writing: an evening with Caroline Eden & Louise Gray

Louise has become a friend of mine this past year, since attending her book launch of The Ethical Carnivore and sharing a weekend of processing geese for Christmas on a small farm in Angus – I’m very much looking forward to this event on Wednesday. Thought it might also be of interest to other foodie writer with a concern for the environment and ethical production and consumption issues…  Continue reading The New Food Writing: an evening with Caroline Eden & Louise Gray