Musings on a soufflé dish or Why Capitalism has no space for love

This Christmas holiday I plan to make a soufflé. Not just any old soufflé, but what is probably the best pudding I have ever eaten, which was made by my dear friend Cya at the last dinner party I had a week before the first lockdown in March. (Recipe at the end of this post)Continue reading “Musings on a soufflé dish or Why Capitalism has no space for love”

No more business as usual – Rethinking economic value for a post-Covid world

“No economic interest, under no circumstance, can be above the reverence of life.” –   Manfred Max-Neef, Chilean economist, 1932 -2019 A national conversation has begun which is alarming, yet also familiar. It talks about costs and trade-offs, losses and accounts. It is a conversation about human lives framed in the language of economics. A recentContinue reading “No more business as usual – Rethinking economic value for a post-Covid world”

A licence to print money

“As people we have a right to make credit and loan money. We mustn’t forget that. We mustn’t leave that to corporations and the state.” Duncan McCann, New Economics Foundation These last few weeks I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of kindness and generosity in my local community and in communities around theContinue reading “A licence to print money”

Playing for our lives

One sunny afternoon a few years ago, my then 9-year-old son uttered those words every parent or carer will be familiar with: “Mum, I am bored.” I gave him my usual response: “Go outside and find someone to play with.” He went out and returned five minutes later: “There is nobody out there.” I lookedContinue reading “Playing for our lives”

Six Steps back to the Land  

In Britain, over 20% of us are now considered obese, 40 % of our food is imported (with serious implications for food security and sovereignty), youth unemployment is at 14.4% and social isolation is on the increase. What bright idea might offer a solution to these seemingly unrelated issues? The answer according to Colin Tudge, author of Six Steps BackContinue reading “Six Steps back to the Land  “

To never be forgotten

“He could reconstruct all his dreams, all his fancies. Two or three times he had reconstructed an entire day. He told me: I have more memories in myself alone than all men have had since the world was a world.” Funes the Memorious – Jorge Luis Borges 1942 ~~~ I am holding a photograph ofContinue reading “To never be forgotten”

Behold my friends, the Spring has come!

“Behold, my friends, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love! Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbours,Continue reading “Behold my friends, the Spring has come!”

Regarding the Land

“What I stand for is what I stand on.” ― Wendell Berry Several years ago I was invited to work on a ‘Soil and Story’ project for the Soil Association.  It was a wonderful opportunity to do some research into different cultural approaches to soil and earth. Now that I am in the process ofContinue reading “Regarding the Land”

The long remembering

 “We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors’ wisdom.” Maya Angelou Last week I was walking on Dartmoor when I stumbled upon The Mariners Way. The Mariners Way is said to be the track which sailors walked from Bideford in the north to Dartmouth in the south. As IContinue reading “The long remembering”