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A Tale of Two Gardens

theres Work to be done!

Last weekend it was the final time prior to any form of lockdown with transport, enabling us to get out and about, legally. We’ve work to do!
I took the chance to grow for London and travelled up to assist two households with planting, with my bag packed full of gardening supplies; wildflower seeds for mini meadows, salad, fruit and veg seeds and plans laid out to transform 2 different plots of land, in private houses, each also used for business purposes.

1st in G’s back garden in Golders Green
A lovely family home with a health conscious family, made sorbet, grew mini tubs. G is a former chef. I arrived In his home and observed a huge array of plants and sundries purchase from a local garden centre.

With raised beds, a mini allotment patch in a back garden.
With herbs in pots. We moved a bay tree from beneath an Elder tree to a clear spot closer to the kitchen.
We used organic wherever possible and planted 2 varieties of seed Potatoes for all uses. (Roast, mash, chip and boil).
We then Sowed seeds: radish, carrot, nasturtium and organic beetroot.
We Used a special hand held gadget to remove perfect clumps of earth ideal to plant pot bound plants or seeds. Using the hose, we watered everything in well.

The 2nd home in Islington, is a tall house with a dainty courtyard style back garden and 14 pots plus several window boxes. These are less suitable for root veg so I sowed mixed lettuce seeds, beans, several species of basil, coriander, oregano and wildflowers. Plus in the nature reserve we found and collected wild garlic, yarrow, hawthorn, deadnettle, nettle and ribwort plantain.

I watered everything with the excess rainwater that had collected in containers.

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Visiting Yuva

Pine forest Sunset over the Turquoise coast
Beautiful springtime flora dots all over the forest hillsides
Olives, mulberries and stew
Turkey Muslim hygiene prefers washing (as opposed to wiping). No flushing paper down the drain!
The Yuva Philosophy overseen by the cat.
Natural inspired Crafts adorn the outdoor dining areas.
Unexpected beauty at every corner; God is in the Details
View from the sky; The beautiful blue river Danube, winds its way through Europe
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Open Gardens preparations

Spring is … springing; the first signs of snowdrop, Crocus, tête-à-tête (mini daffs), hyacinths, tulips and the bluebells are all over the place! The beauty of floral colours surrounds us in life, as in art. Part way along the back garden path, The sweet scent of my grandparent’s Daphne O Wharbarton (delicate pink flowers), stops me in my tracks and forces me to inhale deeply, more so than usual on an urban street near to the main South Circular.

It is within these realms which holds the Annual Hither Green Festival Open Gardens weekend Sunday 24th May 2020. Entries are now open if you’d like to display your area within the SE6 general boundary. Spring bank rd community garden, near the station, have begun digging out a new pond to attract additional wildlife and our Verdant Lane Lamppost Garden has received funds to go towards practical redevelopment.

Until then, we will enjoy the delicate patterns in dainty spring bulb forms. For the first time this week, on closer inspection, I observed the subtle, green waves on the snowdrop’s white petals. Inspirational Spring!

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Does your life need a Health M.O.T?

A new year, a new dawn, as someone recently said to me. He’s right; forget the unnecessary pressures of resolutions in 2020. Gone are the needs to fulfil certain requirements, however we may wish to re balance ourselves following an end of year (Christmas) excess. This might be achieved in a series of ways. Today we’ll look into this in more detail.

Treasuring this one body of ours. Like a car which we have only once in life. Then we would perhaps take more care of it. Our physical body may compare to a car, we need a periodic physical and mental review and check up, to keep us going; on track. An MOT points to the longevity of the vehicle whilst similarly, a clinical consultation may pinpoint areas which need additional support and highlight ways to achieve this, simply and importantly, affordably. This body of ours deserves our renewed attention.

Ethical Veganism is in the headlines. this past week has been extraordinary in the media. A landmark ruling on ITV News shows that it is unlawful to discriminate an employee for refusing to wear goods derived from animals’ form or consume animal products. More options than ever in dining.
A 1hr 30 mins (max) Nutritional Therapy consultation costs between £50-£65.00

  • CHC Lee, the most established South london complementary health centre, on Manor Lane.
  • LNHC Theobolds Rd, Holborn.
  • International consultations via skype or telephone.

Call Theresa 07734166738

(Free initial 10 mins)

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Christmas wreath and table decoration workshop

Ivy Plant

Traditional and contemporary styles

Take away your own specially handcrafted floral wreath to display on a door or with a central candle for a table.

We recommend that children under 12 yrs are to be accompanied by an adult.

Full equipment and foliage provided, practice develop your unique floristry skills.

Drinks, light snacks and gourmet platters optional. (Food served all day)

venue: LoveGift vegan cafe, lee high rd, london SE23.

£30/15.00 concs.

Theresa Webb
Theresa Webb

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Hemp hair joy!

Hair happiness in a tin. Natural beauty products from: https://nat-ul.co.uk/

This month if you feel inquisitive to try a solid bar of shampoo for eco purposes, rather than purchase another new bottle of even refill from the zero waste shop, I have a new recommendation for you! My hair is so wavy and thick (wiry in places?!) it requires a kind and gentle treatment to remain soft, supple and curly.
The Local supplier of brand Nat-ul, supplies a range of eco skincare products including fantastic shampoos. Having failed to find an alternative to old Lush varieties which use ingredients and perfumes I no longer wish to purchase, I was seeking a natural alternative. Firstly, I tried the naturally inspired Alter/native by Suma boxes of soap looking shampoo and conditioner bars. Heavy and good value, so I thought. Unfortunately neither left my hair feeling great, in fact it looked and felt more greasy and according to my housemate Darron, gave it a wet look. I was not best pleased so was delighted to read the Instagram recommendation of Nat-uk Hemp and Mango shampoo bar from @LewishamLowdown, our local social media entrepreneur mum, Alison. A trusted source; I duly ordered likewise. Hemp is my all time favourite source of essential fatty acids, carbohydrates and proteins; mango is such a sweet and juicy fruit. Great; She knows what’s what..!

I ordered the Mango and hemp seed shampoo bar online and discussed the order with the manager/owner and she hand delivered it to me personally a couple of days later. Here is a perfect solution to plastic free/ no waste shampoo. Presented in a reusable metal tin (& you know it will serve a valid purpose in travelling!) it makes my hair smell divine and naturally lovely (without grease). in a lovely natural box was also a sample bottle of natural hemp seed facial /skin oil. This makes for naturally glowing skin! I’m literally smiling as I put it on each morning! This hydrates and illuminates skin so well that it’s good to know that such a simple and straightforward solution is achievable. Thank you to all the Nat-ul team for bringing this range to SE London!

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LoveGift all action!

This weekend is a pre Christmas treat, a super friendly plaice, ideal for children to enjoy colouring activities on Sunday include our festive foliage foraging wreath class. To bring your friends for lunch from 12 noon and stay for the rest of the day to create a fancy festive centrepiece.
Glowing from the inside out: Serving Non alcoholic Fruit punch (with added sea moss) to those seated for forest eco spirit play.

I’m delighted to welcome My new forager friends from Hungary and Australia who will join in to make a wreath or two together. Tomorrow We’re gathering lovely gifts from nature inc. my pine cones, seed heads, feathers as well as evergreens from our garden, to use in our class. Also new eco lavender bath salt bags *new products* with a reusable organic bag will be ideal stocking fillers for just £3.50 each.

To join us book with the Eventbrite link on the website or email/contact Theresa for further details.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year; wreath making & Festive floristry!

I just adore the seasonal foliage at this time of year; Evergreen leaves, seed heads, pine cones, berries and even feathers are making a show this Christmas. Fortunately I’ve collected a wide array of such seasonal such treasures, especially for such a purpose as this.

my table decoration and wreath class is held at Love Gift Vegan Cafe, on Sunday 15th December for 3 hrs. Drop in during the afternoon to create a decoration to delight your loved ones from a mixture a natural foliage, along with a glass or two of festive fruit punch and whichever Caribbean dish takes your liking from the extensive made onsite, freshly prepared menu.

tickets £30.00 or £15.00 concs. (Please ask in advance if you require a reduced fee)

Theresa Webb
Theresa Webb.
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Further fungi foraging at SLBI

Monday nights will never be the same again! Since the introduction of the SLBI talks, lead by the local experts. This week was the final session in the season and we held a quiz ‘Guess the fungi’ which was more of an invitation to discover more about the world of fungi through researching in the manly books and asking pertinent questions. Much like a game of ‘Guess Who’ from the 1980’s, except instead of asking questions surrounding features “does your person have a moustache/wear glasses” it’s a question of defining fungus features! Identification through key features: the spire colour (from spore prints/gills), Gill formation, The Cap colour and texture or design, the feel to touch, size: height, cap width and diameter, Stipe (stem) length, base size and The area /favoured location; where it grows.
hence 3.5 hrs later I’d identified approx 10 mushrooms and as a group, we’d identified approx 25 species. A foraging walk is planned in mid December.

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