The season is slowly changing from summer to early autumn. This is something that I, personally, am not complaining about. I am generally not a fan of summer and this year has been particularly hot. I love the refreshing season of autumn which follows though, with its bright colours, earthy smells and the sense of… Continue reading Potato harvesting at The Good Life.
"Deep peace of the shining stars to you." Gaelic blessing With record temperatures and wildfires raging across the world, fire is probably very prominent in many people's lives and minds at the moment. In respect to my own country, the U.K, twenty houses were burnt down in East London by wildfires. Unheard of in the… Continue reading The element of fire
It's now high summer. The weather is scorching hot. Most of the plants in the garden are yellowing and wilted from lack of rain. Our lawn vaguely resembles the African savannah. Insects and birds are flitting about. The flowers are beginning to turn into fruits. It's a long time since I posted on my blog.… Continue reading Goings on at The Good Life
As we reach the Spring Equinox the garden is looking glorious. Blue tits are flirting and feeding amongst the line of birth trees next to my patio. The birch trees themselves are covered in silvery buds, soft as satin. Crocuses and daffodils are flowering in the pots. Further afield in the garden, the cherry tree… Continue reading Sowing seeds at the Good Life.
Imbolc, in case you aren't already aware, is the festival that marks the dawning of Spring. It is traditionally held on 2nd of February. It is a festival of hope, of the setting of new intentions, as the year properly gets underway. It has been uncharacteristically spring-like in my part of England. There have been… Continue reading Imbolc: the festival of rebirth
As many of you will probably be aware the 26th Conference of the Parties summit (COP26) comprising members of the United Nations framework convention on climate change, was recently held in Glasgow. During it, the Glasgow Climate pact was formed and agreed to by all the 196 countries present. The conference's aim of keeping the… Continue reading COP26: the value of nature based solutions.
Both my The qwerty keyboard is mightier than the nuclear bomb blog posts were largely inspired by a students' option week I participated in. The theme picked was social media and the COVID19 pandemic. In order for it to cover all subject areas, a main theme was picked for each department; social media and the… Continue reading The qwerty keyboard is mightier than the nuclear bomb Pt 2: Digital activism during the COVID19 pandemic.
Three siblings exist, made of stardust. The first sibling, known as Mars, is a cold character, barren and thin. The second, Venus, is bright, hotheaded and votile, emanating an oppressive presence that all would find too difficult to handle. Yet the third, Gaia, was of an equalable disposition, neither too hot, nor too cold. Image… Continue reading Conceptualising Gaia
I've nearly finished reading the book, Permaculture: a beginner's guide by Graham Burnett. This is a 64 pages, introductory graphic guide which has only taken me around seven months to read! Permaculture is basically an acronym meaning 'permanent culture' It's caused me to start thinking about what permanent culture, as someone with a chronic health… Continue reading Use minimum effort for maximum effect.