Archive for 17/03/2013

PicPost: Bishybarnabee

Lady birds (Coccinellids) ‘are and have been for very many years a favourite insect of children. The insects had many regional names (now mostly disused) in English, such as the lady-cows, may-bug, golden-knop, golden-bugs (Suffolk); and variations on Bishop-Barnaby (Norfolk dialect) – Barnabee, Burnabee, the Bishop-that-burneth, and bishy bishy barnabee. The etymology is unclear but it may be from St. Barnabas feast in June, when the insect appears or a corruption of “Bishop-that-burneth”, from the fiery elytra of the beetles.

The ladybird was immortalised in the still-popular children’s nursery rhyme Ladybird, Ladybird:

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone
All except one, and that’s Little Anne
For she has crept under the warming pan….’

Source: Wikipedia

Financing community food: Securing money to help community food enterprises to grow

Financing community food: Securing money to help community food enterprises to grow

‘This report examines the funding needs of community food enterprises and how they can continue to use food to achieve a wide variety of important social and environmental benefits.

The report was written following a series of community food finance meetings, bringing together organisations that assist community food enterprises, with progressive funders. This process was undertaken as part of the five-year Big Lottery funded Making Local Food Work programme that has – since 2007 – supported a wide range of community-run food enterprises to help communities take control of their food and where it comes from. The community food finance meetings discussed how best to secure funds for community food enterprises in the future, to help them through the all-important start-up phase, and to obtain funds to grow and, thereby, continue work that has more charitable than commercial aims.

We hope to see the community food movement grow and thrive, hence the enterprises need improved prospects for securing the finance they need to succeed. With this report, and work evolving from it, we wish to encourage conversations between enterprises and their communities, the sector organisations that support them, the individuals and organisations that provide funds, and with government, whose policies provides the framework in which we operate….’

PicPost: One foot in the groove

PicPost: Trunk Fruit

‘The Jaboticaba tree – a mature tree will give you 6 to 8 crops a year. Apparently it’s one of the most nutritious & delicious fruits you will ever taste. ‘ Grow Veg

PicPost: Great Garden @ Abbotsbury

Early History
Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions to this country, discovered by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess.

The Garden Today
After the great storm of 1990, a major restoration project has been underway. many new exotic and unusual flowers have been introduced to this fabulous Dorset Garden.

The Garden is a mixture of formal and informal flowers, world famous for it’s Camellia groves and magnolias. Noted in Dorset for its Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections and the charming Victorian Garden’

Source : Abbotsbury website

Old School Gardener

That Bloomin' Garden

Its such a fun time of year when you can walk outside to your backyard and harvest food from your garden. Nothing says fresh like that. I have been growing some different tomatoes this year. I am able to harvest tomatoes everyday since they are in a  greenhouse and ripening sooner than those outside.

Yellow Pear & Golden Rave

 The yellow pear tomato is one of my favourites. It isn’t as acidic as some and a great snack while in the garden. The two larger yellow Roma tomatoes on the bottom of this photo are Golden Rave. They are a couple of inches in size, great for snacking or in salads.


 My favourite red tomato is the Brandywine, an heirloom tomato with fruit weighing about 1/2 pound. This is the perfect tomato for fresh eating. It tastes like it has been roasted already with its deep flavour. I will…

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