Posted on 11:30am Tuesday 12th March 2013
Walking in the air or dancing on the snow, it waltzing in wonderland for so many children when the heavens give their gift of so many varieties of soft, sensuous snow. We are all children as its winter scene opens new literary landscapes of delight.
Posted on 8:37am Friday 24th February 2012
What were you doing when the Council tax was frozen? Is this the question, your grandchildren will be asking you in 50 years time. Were you sowing your seeds after Seedy Sunday or watching the eyewatering webcast?
Posted on 8:30am Sunday 29th January 2012
The bonus for Stephen Hester, RBS, on his basic –yes basic compensation of £1.2 million -is worth £963,000. Interestingly this bonus would fund the cost of allotment rentals for all 2,800 tenants for 6 years. It certainly is a rich man’s world.
Posted on 7:00am Wednesday 21st September 2011
If you are old, cannot saw down trees, are too handicapped to repair sheds or need to spend time with a dying relative, take care, take great care …..the terminator is coming. No one is safe, even hiding in Brighton’s beautiful Roedale Valley.
Posted on 10:34pm Wednesday 15th June 2011
How many of us know about the struggle to liberate land in England after its theft by the Norman invaders? How many of us know of the Council’s obligation to provide allotments have been enshrined in law for over 100 years.
Posted on 8:42am Monday 6th June 2011
The spectacle of cold blooded killer cucumbers and terrifying tomatoes poisoning the markets of German with their organic dangers has haunted newspapers, televisions and websites through Europe. E-coli has killed scores of people, thousands are seriously ill, many of whom are in hospital
Posted on 12:10pm Monday 9th May 2011
What comes out of the ground like a primordial being? What is enticed and stretched straight, onwards and upwards to the sun only to be pulled ruthlessly from its crown? What is rushed to the kitchen with sirens sounding, shown to the steam and eaten with knobs of butter and salted with pepper.
Posted on 3:00pm Thursday 17th March 2011
Fukushima Daiichi was unknown to almost all the world a week ago. So too was the thought of a set of nuclear power reactors being abandoned in a major industrial country as radio-active steam pours out. When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn
Posted on 7:30am Tuesday 15th March 2011
It is an arrogant scientist who believes that they have more answers than questions. The terrible tragedy that has struck Japan demands some serious questioning as we move on from our deadly fascination with the magnitude of these natural disasters. It is time to ask whether we are masters of the Universe with machines and money or whether we must adapt and live with nature .
Posted on 9:30am Tuesday 1st March 2011
Does the cold get you in a twist? Don’t Get knotted, Get knitted in "brass monkey" weather. It’s a well know gardening technique to keep plants warm covering them by fleece in winter. BHOGG has gone one stage further and knitted the plants in woolly jumpers. Lottie would love it.
Posted on 6:20am Wednesday 16th February 2011
The virtuous circle of the Big Society, who can be against that, or against motherhood or home made apple pie? Brighton supports it but does government really support its big seedy Society? Do people have power?
Posted on 10:27am Tuesday 26th October 2010
If an apple a day kept the doctor away, this winter there should be many under-worked and overpaid doctors, who will be eager to repay their income. This year’s weather could be the coalition's best way of reducing public expenditure and making a better Britain.
Posted on 9:46am Sunday 10th October 2010
I love Lottie most during a beautiful weekend snatched by autumn from summer. I was nonchalantly sitting in my bedroom keeping myself to myself when the earth moved, my chair wobbled, pictures swung and the bed rocked.
Posted on 6:40am Thursday 16th September 2010
This is the time of year to say blog off, there is too much to do. There are so many delicious plums, apples and now pears to pick, preserve, savour and store. Time spent on the computer is time lost with Lottie. It is also THE time to save seeds.
Posted on 7:40am Tuesday 6th July 2010
The hand of God saves Uruguay! I wonder what kind of God there is that helps a cheat take the joy from Africa? May be the same inflated arrogance that led to the conquistadors, who abused their welcome or the same arrogance that we can control nature. If there is a hand of God, it can be found in the serenity of summer in Sussex and in honest labour with Lottie.
Posted on 6:30am Monday 31st May 2010
I have a confession to share with you. I have been away enjoying my Nigella moment, Love in the Mist, as the tender shoots of hot asparagus spears - soft with butter and peppered with salt - are touched, kissed, tasted and melt into mouths.
Posted on 8:10pm Sunday 25th April 2010
The spring sun has baked the sods of soil, where only the toughest and deepest rooted will survive. The flowery language of Forget-me-nots, Bramley blossom, Lolla Rossa, and Daffodils has another message? Politicians say it with flowers.