Hope is the thing with feathers

As a child, I often used to write stories about flight. There were tales of flying horses, flying carpets and on occasion even flying dinosaurs. I was reminded of this obsession recently when I started to notice feathers everywhere. This was all the more curious as the birds were nowhere to be seen. I could not remember the last time the goldfinches had visited my bird feeders. It turns out that in late summer, many birds lose their feathers. This moulting takes place so they can develop their plumage for the colder season ahead. During this transformation, the birds hide…

The role of natural dyes in sustainable fashion

Find out what rhubarb, daffodils and pomegranates have in common in my blog post for the Manchester Fashion Movement.  I catch up with Natalie Linney, founder of Talie Linseed and the only person I know with a rust collection, to find out more about the role of natural dyes in sustainable fashion. You can read it here. Photo by Talie Linseed – a print made with an old rusted spring mattress, turmeric and elderberries. 

Season’s Eatings

As the chill sets in, indulging in wintry feasts can bring great comfort and joy. Embracing slow-cooked, warming, seasonal foods can allow us to feel happier and more in balance with the season.  You can discover more about the wellbeing benefits of eating seasonally and why Nigella Lawson is inspiring me to make my own pickles in my article which has been published on Psychreg.

In search of a green cure

As the bravest of the snowdrops begin to emerge, I am reminded of the sense of hope for the future that nature can bring.  I am excited to share with you an article I’ve written for Psychreg. It explores why many of us are turning to gardening during the pandemic and how this can enhance our wellbeing. You can read it here: https://www.psychreg.org/gardening-healing-space/