This post was going to be as English as they come and talk about our grey and gloomy weather. I have been shamed out of that by Momo’s recent post on the Australian weather. There is no comparison. Please donate in whatever way you can, especially now that the UK news seems to be bypassing the horrific conditions faced by so many Australians in favour of mere trivialities. Momo has set up a little site for donations and Momo being Momo, everything in it is exquisitely lovely.
More giving from me too. The weather may be gloomy (the only place I want to be is nestled inside an old-fashioned train running along the coastline to make it feel ‘romantic’) but sifting through seed catalogues and garden planning lets me at least dream in colour. I highly recommend (for those seeds you haven’t saved from last year) the biodynamic offerings from Stormy Hall. They are part of the Camphill Trust community who offer ‘opportunities for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs to live, learn and work with others of all abilities in an atmosphere of mutual care and respect’. I also highly recommend Lunar Organics in Firle, who also sell Stormy Hall seeds, and my favourite lunar gardening calendar, which personally, I prefer to what some consider the classic guide.
Seedy Sundays are also forthcoming! Brighton (or to be more accurate, Hove) is on the 6th of February and other events are listed here …
Finally, if you’re as deprived of light as me, some shots of beautiful NY autumnal light via The Selby’s feature on the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn…
I seek out the green spaces in cities. In Cambridge, before Christmas, I almost ran to Jesus Green to escape the shopping mayhem. In London last week, visiting a friend in Dalston, I walked with her across London Fields to a bakery she's fond of. I was told 'There's organic stuff, vegan stuff, sugar-free stuff ...' (and there was) but my own particular delight came from the quiet display of superfoods (organic, fairly traded) at very acceptable prices. I shall be walking across this particular urban spot of green again.
P.S. My favourite round-up of 2010 can be found here.
I thought I'd start the year by sharing some of my favourite pictures of one of my favourite things - yoga! I have a complete aversion to rigid, instructional yoga pictures but these photographs are something else ... light, serene, joyful, ageless and in the moment ... everything yoga is to me. The model in the picture, Daphne Selfe, was eighty last year and full of good advice - forgo hair dye and wild parties in favour of fruit and veg (and yoga, of course)!