We are only in February but I'm sitting here with the boat windows open on to the canal and sunny blue skies - it's gorgeous! Nearly every year since I started Life at No.27 as a blog in 2015, I have written a piece specifically about potatoes. Sharing my seed potato choices, celebrating potato day … Continue reading 2021 Chit Chat – Time to get your spuds ready!
Thank you so much to everyone who completed our survey regarding running online Growing for Wellbeing Workshops! If you missed the blog post or survey, have a look here, there is still time to give us your thoughts. I wanted to share with you a little snapshot of the results and announce next steps. Here … Continue reading Online Workshop – Survey Results
In the last year, I have recruited an incredible team of volunteers and I would love to finally introduce you to everyone! This month, meet Chrissie – our therapy garden superstar! Chrissie is based at our Towcester therapy garden every week; transforming the garden, making everyone smile, providing support and bringing in surprise doughnuts for … Continue reading Meet Chrissie
Happy New Year everyone! We're back open after a much needed rest and are super excited for the growing season to start. Whilst we can stay open at our therapy sites, we are limiting our face to face services for January and would like to extend our support to those not nearby or would prefer … Continue reading Growing for Wellbeing online workshop – interested?!
Did you know that even on these freezing cold, windy, wet days, you could be growing your own food? That exciting feeling when all the seeds are germinating in Spring is what made me fall in love with gardening. Shoots popping up built my confidence and gave me something to look forward to every day, … Continue reading Are you craving that exciting Spring feeling? Growing Sprouting Seeds.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have already seen the news, but during what is possibly the biggest UK mental and physical health crisis, the first Life at No.27 therapy site which I have poured my heart and soul in to developing and opening with the support of GP's, social prescribers … Continue reading Towcester Allotment Therapy Site – Devastating news!
Every day is World Mental Health Day to me, remembering my own journey and now helping to support others daily through my therapeutic gardening programmes. In these current times, more people than ever are feeling the effects of mental ill health. If you are noticing moments or long periods of anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts, … Continue reading World Mental Health Day – Check in and grow!
Hi! Writing a blog on here feels weird now and I don't know why, perhaps it is because what I would usually be putting on here is now going on social media, in my email newsletter and/or in Kitchen Garden magazine, so it means I don't want to duplicate things in case of annoying you. … Continue reading Hi in July!
I thought I would share with you my absolute favourite gardening and nature books, plus a podcast I adore, in case you are looking for some inspiration. I have so many books, that I could include in this list, but I want to keep it simple for you. In no particular order, let's begin... No-Dig … Continue reading TOP GARDENING BOOKS AND PODCAST!
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
The Tête-á-Tête's are flowering and the tulip bulbs are popping up through the soil... it can only mean one thing. Spring is here...finally! During winter I worry that the towpath container garden doesn't look that aesthetically pleasing to passers by and more like just a mass collection of totally random pots in some kind of … Continue reading Spring is HERE!!!
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!!!
Asking for help has always been a weakness of mine, but I'm finally learning and what a difference it has made! I have accepted business support, advertised volunteer roles, asked brilliant brands for help and held a few working parties at the therapy site now. Every time I'm always nervous whether people will connect with … Continue reading Volunteers change lives!
As 2019 comes to a close and planning for 2020 is fully underway, I wanted to have a little look back at the first amazing year of support from industry. In particular, from the wonderful team at Empathy who chose to fully commit to Life at No.27 and help make a difference. I can't thank … Continue reading EMPATHY – A YEAR IN REVIEW
I said that there would be more gift ideas and giveaways before Christmas, and here is the next one that might take your fancy! Thank you so much to DK books who have very kindly agreed for me to offer you the chance of winning TWO great books. One for children and one or you, … Continue reading WIN GARDENING BOOKS!