23 06 2011


How to Forecast Weather

22 06 2011

I was just playing about with StumbleUpon and came across this. There was an embed code box, so I thought I’d share it here. Click the image to view an enlarged version in its original context.


Free plant demo

27 05 2011

B&Q are offering a free demo this Sat & Sun at 2pm in all stores! They will be discussing plants, soil, plant types & more. They also offer You Can Do It Classes. These are open to over-18s, range from 2-4 hours and start at £10.

Preserving herbs

20 05 2011

We had ordered a basil plant in the online shop this week as they were only 50p: cheaper than a refill for the jar of dried basil we had. As it turned out, they run out and we were given a bag of freshly-cut basil leaves as a substitute. We didn’t actually want to eat it today, so I thought I’d dry the leaves and pop them back in the jar.

I was putting a pie in the oven this evening, so I laid them out on a baking tray and put them it in the oven while it was on; it was on at 180 C. It took about 10 minutes for them to become brittle, at which point I took them out and crushed them in my finger tips and put them in a jar.

Basil leaves after they came out of the oven

Dried, crushed basil leaves

Reading List

15 03 2011

I’ve some great book lined up for when I finish work. Here are a few from the top of my reading pile.

Green Living

26 11 2010

I’ve just been reading through this post by Alexa Marsden about green living. There are some great ideas in there. I’m not a vegan myself, but there are some other bits I could pick up on that I don’t do already. Definitely worth a look.

Natural Christmas Decorations

25 11 2010

You can quickly and easily make a wide range of great-looking and cost-effective Christmas decorations.

Tree Decorations

  • Gingerbread
  • Apples
  • Painted walnut shells
  • Sweets
  • Dried citrus fruit slices – slice fruit, sprinkle with sugar and leave to dry on a baking tray on a radiator (drying in the oven will make them very brittle)
  • Pine cones
  • Abandoned birds’ nests
  • Dried berries

Household Decorations

  • Pine cones – good for candle-holders, mantles and wreathes
  • Evergreen branches – holly, ivy, fir and mistletoe are popular
  • Wreathes – bend a wire coat-hanger into a circle and, working around the circle, tightly bind 10″ – 14″ branches onto the coat-hanger with wire. Add colourful and scented materials.

Christmas Fragrances


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