Archive for 10/09/2013

Why do children need play?

Love Outdoor Play

Take 3 minutes today and listen to the wisdom of Bob Hughes, a very well known thinker and author of books about play and playwork on the evolutionary necessity of play, especially play outdoors, for children.

“Fundamental building blocks for humanness and humanity….requires children have diverse experiences that are hands on…”

“it’s the flexibility you need, not the specific skills”

And the environment? If we don’t have that sort of interaction with it as a child… we won’t care about it…

Enjoy! And Share!

This clip was shot by the crew behind the film Project Wild Thing  which will be showing at your local Picturehouse cinema on 27th October! Please note they aren’t advertising it yet, but rest assured it will be there. Mark it in your diaries. And tell all your friends.

So do you agree? And why do you think outdoor play is important?

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Jekka's Herb Farm

As summer draws to a close,  not only is it the time to harvest seeds, it is also the ideal time to sow seeds as the soil is  beautifully warm.  By sowing now, either direct into a prepared space in the garden or into a pot,  which is positioned against south facing wall or in a cold green house,  you will have herbs that you can harvest throughout the winter months that will help you transform a meal into a feast .

One of the best is Parsley, both Curly, Petroselinum crispum  and Flat leaved French, Petroselinum cripsum French

PP25 Petroselinum crispum-2By sowing now it will germinate in approximately 10-14 days.  The seedlings will not be hassled by carrot fly and, once established, the plants will withstand frosts. After  a frost they do look rather sad, but very quickly they perk back ready for use in the kitchen.


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PicPost: Designer Stubble

Chateau de Hautefort, Dordogne, France – via Richard Wright

The Anxious Gardener

I was delighted when Jessica at Aurum Publishing offered me a copy of ‘The New English Garden’ by Tim Richardson to review.  But then I thought, “no David!  Don’t be so selfish – think of your readers.”  And so, I have decided to forgo my copy in order that you might win one.  Just how giving am I?

New English GardenHere’s what Jessica has to say about the book.

“In The New English Garden distinguished garden writer Tim Richardson discusses twenty-five significant English gardens made or remade over the past decade.  Together these represent a coherent overview of what remains probably the most inventive garden culture in the world. 

With stunning photography from Andrew Lawson, The New English Garden presents all that is most interesting and arresting about garden making in England at the start of the twenty-first century.”

The gardens include Christopher Lloyd’s and Fergus Garrett’s Great Dixter, Dan Pearson’s

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