I loved recently writing this special blog for Collins4Parents, the education publishers, within HarperCollins. So much so that I thought, I would share it here too, especially as it's Mental Health Awareness Week. Helping kids find mindfulness at home through gardening Finding mindfulness can be tricky right now, even more so when the term ‘mindfulness’ … Continue reading Five ways that gardening can be good for children’s mental wellbeing.
Nearly everyone I know loves cherry tomatoes, especially when they are homegrown and eaten straight off the vine midway through a morning on the plot or in the garden. Are you the same? The first cherry tomatoes of the season always feel and taste particularly special to me, so I need to get sowing asap. … Continue reading Sweet Cherry Tomatoes – Sow, Grow and Eat
Give me two seconds to let that blog title sink in. Nope...2, 5, or 100 seconds isn't enough! I still can't believe it even after all the writing, editing, sending it off to print and now seeing it available to pre-order pretty much every where online. But yes, I have written a children's interactive grow … Continue reading I’M A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!
Oh hey there.... I feel like it's been a while, that's probably cause it has been. You may have seen that it's been a little bit busy in my life, all for good reason though....now isn't that a change in itself. It's amazing the difference that can happen when you have a happy mind and … Continue reading Journey to the Towpath
I feel like since I found out my Nanny B had roughly 6 months left to live at the beginning of the year, I have definitely bought more plants than ever. Maybe this is just coincidence or it's the time of year, but I do feel like it is my way coping amongst a time … Continue reading Bringing new life to sad times
We tend to have a love-hate relationship with beetroot – but this underrated veg has become a must-have at No.27. Okay, so your chopping board might resemble a horror movie after you’ve prepared one – and yes, I have gone to work with those indelible pink stains on my fingertips and maybe up my arms … Continue reading Bring on the Boston beets!
Every day evidence is mounting as to how truly wonderful gardening and growing your own produce can be for your physical and mental health.A recent study conducted by Bakker Spalding has found that 88% of people find that mental wellbeing is a key benefit for spending time in the garden. Government is finally beginning to … Continue reading Growing for Wellbeing – Case Study – Alice
Nearly everyone I know loves tomatoes, especially when they are homegrown and eaten straight off the vine midway through an afternoon of weeding or pruning on the plot. Are you the same? The first cherry tomatoes of the season always feel and taste like bon-bons from the corner shop to me – but this particular … Continue reading Sweet Cherry Tomatoes – Sow, Grow and Eat
Please give a very warm welcome to the newest members of the Life at No.27 family! I'm beyond delighted to share that under their Empathy brand, PlantWorks UK is the first company to provide direct funding to support the Life at No.27 non-profit organisation! The team of incredible scientists behind the Empathy logo are the … Continue reading NEW SPONSORS: EMPATHY!
There have been many times in 2018 where I have had to pinch myself, feeling super lucky but also remembering that a lot of hard work sits behind each of those moments. So what better way to finish 2018 than with a huge bang - a total pinch me moment and dream come true announcement. … Continue reading Chiltern Seeds Partnership!
It's hard to sit and comprehend how much my life has changed during year 3 of Life at No.27. It's baffling for me personally, let alone trying to explain it to you or anyone else. In case you didn't know, on Saturday, 27th October, Life at No.27 turned 3 years old. Happy Birthday to me … Continue reading Happy 3rd Birthday!
I don't think gardening and wellbeing have ever been spoken about more than in this year, a breakthrough in it self. We needed the change and I really hope that this openness, as well as the prominent article that came out in The Times on Sunday are signs that it is on the way. Tablets, … Continue reading Are we about to get a breakthrough with Prescribed Gardening?!
I have so much to tell you about what's happening at No.27 - it's really coming to life now with wildlife and colour. But first, now that I am not entirely speechless and the feeling of giddiness has slightly calmed, I thought it's the perfect time to tell you about my visit to see the … Continue reading My No Dig weekend with the experts!
Well the sun finally arrived for a day - on a Saturday with no plans too! Whoop Whoop! It may of only been one day of delight in amongst showers a plenty right now, but I was sure to make the most of it and get up to my happy place - my Eden and … Continue reading Come rain or shine…it’s Allotment Time!
It's the Easter Holidays arriving very soon and what better way to spend it than as a family. Getting outdoors, having laughs and creating wonderful memories! All of my favourite childhood memories were adventures big or small outdoors, whether it was walking on the foggy moors of Dartmoor, building dens or getting out in the … Continue reading Easter Family Fun & Amazing Giveaway!