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    Mindful wildflower walks

    Posted on July 26, 2015 by in Nature, Walks, Wildflowers

    Mercy’s exercise blog with wildflowers My friend Mercy writes a running blog. She frequently stops during her exercise to photograph flowers and other points of interest. I particularly enjoyed this post in which she was continually distracted by the things around her. Having just started reading the book Mindfulness for Dummies, I can see similarities […]

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    Elderflower champagne recipe

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by in Cookery and baking

    Mike makes elderflower champagne most years What I love about elderflower champagne is the fresh floral taste, and feeling of a midsummer treat! Making elderflower champagne Picking elderflowers The elder tree, Sambucus nigra, is very common in the UK and flowers late May into early June here in the South East. Our elderflower champagne recipe […]

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    Litlington Flower Festival

    Posted on June 20, 2015 by in Outings

    I’ve just come back from Litlington Flower Festival Litlington is a small village down the road from where we live in Seaford, Sussex. This year they are running a flower festival over four days in aid of church upkeep and repairs.  I may not be religious but I do love flowers and the opportunity for […]

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    Cow parsley | Anthriscus sylvestris

    Posted on May 24, 2015 by in Outings, Wildflowers

     It’s been a while… …as the power ballad goes…but I’ve still been out and about in the Sussex countryside photographing wildflowers! May is Cow Parsley time We often find round here that greenish-yellow alexanders and deep blue alkanet are in flower at the beginning of the month, with cow parsley filling in towards the end. […]

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    Foodie Fridays in Florida

    Posted on May 11, 2014 by in Pubs and restaurants, Uncategorized

    Although I haven’t mentioned Foodie Fridays recently, I haven’t forgotten about them. In fact on holiday in Florida last month, I was very pleased to find something great happening in the town of Celebration. Regularly in Celebration, there is a take-out night when about fifteen fast food vans all descend on an open space and […]

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    Jolly Jonquils: Daffodils from Walter Crane

    Posted on March 23, 2014 by in Art, Gardening

    I love Walter Crane’s humorous botanical illustrations And a whole batch of his flowers have now been released into the public domain via Flickr. A selection of dizzy daffodils Daffodils don’t really come under the literal Photographing Wildflowers remit, as the only ones to be seen around here are either cultivated, or garden escapees. But […]

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    Primula vulgaris | Primrose

    Posted on March 23, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    A wild flower for Mothers Day Primroses grow en masse along the country lanes of Sussex, especially on grassy roadside banks near Battle. Thirty years ago, back when it was OK to pick wildflowers, my husband used to pick a posy for his Mum to celebrate Mothers Day. I am writing this a week before […]

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    Composting for the birds

    Posted on March 16, 2014 by in Gardening, Nature

    I’m quite proud of our compost bins! We have two bins made out of old pallets from work, each about a cubic metre in size. As well as garden waste and vegetable peelings, I also compost any dried flower sweepings from my shop, so it can sometimes be rather pretty with rose petals and dried […]

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    Ranunculus ficaria | Lesser celandine

    Posted on March 16, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    A buttery yellow wildflower We have a community pond at the end of our road, and at this time of year its edges are a sea of yellow with celandine flowers. They seem to love the damp conditions, and the shade provided by a small stand of trees edging the footpath. The buttery yellow blooms, […]

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    Armeria maritima | Thrift

    Posted on March 9, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Pink pincushions of wildflowers Living near the seaside, I see a lot of sea pinks aka thrift. The cushions of foliage look very soft and comfy, and the compound flowers always seem so profuse. The wildflowers grow happily in the chalk cliffs at Seaford, unaffected by the strong winds and sea salt. Read more about […]

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