Plant and Craft Market, Leigh Road Baptist Church, Leigh-on-Sea

When we arrived to set up, the church hall and garden had been transformed into a hive of gardening activity. Inside there were crafters a-plenty, including the notorious The Craft Club Workshops-Wool-Yarnbombs selling their wares and art on show from Metal Southend. As the bellies rumbled the All Fired Up wood fired pizza was on hand to quell the hunger pangs. It was a wonderful event with so many visitors, especially at the SEEOG stall (a welcome first for us here), which was busy throughout the event!  The Church raised over £1,500 towards their BUILD fund.  Photo of SEEOG’s stall, courtesy of LRBCNews on Facebook Special thanks must go to Jane and Sharon for the work they put into this event. www.lrbc.org.uk … [Read more…]

Saturday 24 June, 10:00: Visit to Kings Seeds, Kelvedon (car share)

Saturday 24 June, 10:00 Visit to Kings Seeds, Kelvedon, including their famed sweet pea display and seed production area.    Kings Seeds charge £2 per head, payable on the day. Discounted seed packets will be available. There is no charge for parking. Do please contact us asap via caroleshorney@hotmail.com https://www.kingsseeds.com/ … [Read more…]

Gozo Green Living

An all-round green experience If you wish to recharge and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the place for you. Silence is here only interrupted by the sounds of nature. At night you will sleep really tight and in the morning you will feel perfectly re-energized. This is also a place where to detox by eating organic and living green. Gozo Green Living is situated in a quiet, bucolic area on the outskirts of Qala (Island of Gozo, Malta), at walking distance from some of Gozo’s most enchanting beaches, yet at 10-minutes’ walk from the main square and all village amenities. We believe the best way to visit a country is to discover it slowly, savor it by walking or biking places. Close to our house, you can walk or bike to Hondoq Bay, Dahlet Horrot, San Blas Bay, and a few hidden gems that can only be reached on foot. We can provide maps to help you find them. Or you can take part in explorative walks guided by expert guides who know every inch of Gozo or hire them directly.  Another exciting way to discover the island’s best kept secrets is by riding a horse. If you enjoy riding or would like to learn how to ride a horse, Gozo’s stables are located at five minutes’ walk from our house. OUR BREAKFAST Our ORGANIC/FORAGED Italian breakfasts feature: a kettle of infusion made of wild herbs that we pick in the area or organic Italian espresso or a latte, either with organic milk, rice or soy drink; organic cakes and sourdough bread made with a mixture of stone ground whole meal flours; homemade goat yogurt and/or local fresh cheese with wild herbs or wild rocket & fennel pesto, homemade jam, all fresh, local or even wild (we do a lot of foraging in the neighborhood) and sweetened with brown sugar.  Local seasonal organic or wild/natural fruits will complete the morning menu or our homemade juice. We are convinced that eating organic/natural, fresh (local) and whole food is a must do to keep healthy. Not only is organic/natural whole food non-toxic: because of the way it’s grown, it’s much more nutritious. Many of the modern diseases are caused by lack of nutrients in the industrial food we eat and the poisonous chemicals that it harbours.   0-MILE FOOD We’re striving to use as much as possible locally grown vegetables and fruits, cheese from pasteurized milk straight from the shepherd in our neighborhood and locally produced oil in order to provide more delicious as well as nutritious breakfasts with no preservatives. Most of our cakes are vegan, that is without animal dairies and eggs, as we believe that we eat way too much meat and too many dairy products. Many delicious recipes don’t use such ingredients. BEDDING You will sleep in comfortable beds with bedspreads and bed-sheets in pure cotton or natural hemp, and washed with eco-friendly, atoxic detergents that don’t irritate your skin or that of your children’s. All our towels too are in … [Read more…]

Garden Organic’s AGM

Vic and Carole journeyed up to Doddington Hall & Gardens last week for Garden Organic’s AGM. The Members’ Day programme included the President’s Address ((Tim Lang, Garden Organic President and Professor of Food Policy) and the keynote speech (inspiring the next generation of the Food Growing Schools) by Chris Collins, Head of Organic Horticulture. … [Read more…]