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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Going Organic

My Herbs.
Ever walked down the fruit aisle in your local supermarket and noticed how much nicer the organic fruit looks? I swear they do it on purpose. I find myself eyeing up a pack of apples -all red, and shiny and perfectly round- before I realise I'm looking at the organic pack which costs about £2.50 for a measly 4 apples. Then I look over at the 'value' pack sitting right next to it -no less tasty I'm sure- but nowhere near as pretty as their organic counterparts.Yeah, £2.50 isn't gonna break the bank but who can afford to choose organic over non-organic through all the aisles in Tesco? 

Sun Flower for my sunflower seeds and its beauty.

Overview of my Garden 

Few Plums on the tree.

A closer look at the Spinach and Peas.

Sweet potato and Salad plants.

Oh, and what are the health/nutrition benefits anyway? 
I know, I know, no pesticides. And after a bit of reading, I learned that organic produce has up to 30% more antioxidants, which promote immune and heart health. I could do with some of that, which is why I've decided to take matters into my own hands.

This year I'm going all self-sufficient. I haven't got much room in the garden but I'll cram as many crops as I can into little space I've got. I'm almost a month into my project so I just thought I'd show all you garden lovers how I'm getting on. 

Below are few pictures of my best flowers.

Anyone else got any garden projects they're undertaking for the summer? I'd love to see!


Friday, 8 June 2012

The Diamond Lady

Image from: here

The 2nd of June 2012 marked Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee, 60 years of the Queen's reign over the United Kingdom.

I know you know who I'm talking about. In this day and age, I'm pretty sure there isn't a person on this earth that wouldn't recognise that profile. Yes, this one.

Image from: here

I won't lie to you. I was no royal enthusiast. After all, in a world of democratically elected prime ministers and presidents, who needs kings and queens, right? I would have gladly praised Thatcher over the Queen. Sure, her politics are debatable but no one could argue that she ruled with an iron fist!

But like a lot of people, there was one royal who I couldn't help but fall in love with. Yes I'm a guy, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I fell for her just as hard as the rest of the world. How could you not? And like everyone else, I suppose it was through her story that I grew to sympathise with the royals. Where I'd imagined an easy life of thrones and crowns and wealth, I realised the price at which it all came: a life in the public eye. 

Image from: here

It's clear that Kate's gonna follow in their footsteps: beauty, class, intelligence, philanthropy - let's just hope she has a better time of it!

Image from: here

Getting back to the point I was making before that massive tangent - the Diamond Jubilee! In times of hardship like these (is there anyone's arse the recession isn't kicking?!), it's nice that on that day, 2nd June, everyone had a reason to celebrate - whether it was the Queen's 60 year reign, a much deserved day off work or an excuse to crack open a pint!

For those of you who've been under a rock for the last week - you can catch up with the Jubilee on BBC iPlayer but hurry 'cause they usually only keep programs on for 30 days. If you're in the UK, you can pick up the Daily Mail on the weekend; they're giving away six DVDs on the Queen and the Jubilee free with every paper. 

What do you lot think? Are you fans of the royals?

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