I’m giving up chocolate for Lent. No, really.


There's a kind of warped logic about having an allotment. It goes something like this:  I grow my own veg, therefore I must be healthy, therefore I don't need to worry about how much chocolate I eat, and I'll burn it off digging anyway. I mean, it's all part of a balanced diet, right? Broccoli, spinach, beetroot, beans, … [Read more...]

Italian veg porn

red and yellow peppers

Half term came and went in a cloud of Easy Jet and missed opportunities. Seven days in Italy, fulfilling family obligations. Before you get all jealous I should probably point out that the highlight of the week was a visit to the Supermarket. Yes, that's right, not Rome or Tuscany, but the Italian equivalent of Tesco. Or  … [Read more...]

Letter from the heart

Dear A, I'm sorry we haven't seen each other for so long. I know we've had our differences but I don't want it to end this way. It's not you, it's me. Sometimes things just come between us - you know; time, work, kids, weather. I just want you to know I still care about you and I still want you to be part of my life. It's not … [Read more...]

Unhusband vs cats

fake cat deterrent

Unhusband hates cats as much as I hate slugs. He also hates coriander, but that's just weird. Or as he claims, Italian. Unhusband would like to eradicate cats from the planet. I'd just like them reclassified as a garden pest on account of their wanton use of my borders and raised beds as a latrine. It's compost, not cat … [Read more...]

competition – win a gardening book

Like bags of compost, and pots of seeds, you can never have too many gardening books. Unhusband would disagree (we have different clutter thresholds) but that's beside the point. So when 'The Joy of Allotments' arrived in the post, I was delighted to welcome it to my collection. Its light-hearted tone makes it a refreshing … [Read more...]