White House gardening starts in earnest

Michelle Obama has started growing vegetables in the garden of the White House. She was seen starting the organic kitchen garden this week. Michelle wants to put healthy eating top of the agenda in America and the Obama’s hope to become locavores – eating food that comes only from their local area. Local freshly picked food eaten straight from the garden is much better for you.

Come along to Babs 2 Brisbane book launch in Machynlleth

If you’re in the Machynlleth area on Wednesday March 18th come along to the book launch for Babs 2 Brisbane at the Tabernacle and listen to Babs talk about her amazing overland journey from Wales to Australia. Includes unseen footage of her journey, music and a chance to ask Barbara questions about her trip.

Babs 2 Brisbane book launch
March 18th
The Tabernacle, Machynlleth

Daytime drop-in session
Meet the author and watch film, hear music and listen to book readings through the afternoon.

2–2.45pm Travelling music duo on the accordion and fiddle.
Barbara Haddrill reads
‘tasters’ from her book.

Film footage from the journey.

3.30–4pm Travelling music duo on the accordion and fiddle.
Barbara Haddrill reads
‘tasters’ from her book.

Evening 7.00 – 10.00 pm
Music on arrival by Finikity Charos,
aka the Gypsy Band.

Introduction by author Barbara Haddrill.
Music from Slater’s Arms Folk
Session musicians.
Short film – Landscapes of the journey.
Aussie inspired music by Moonshine Claud.
Short film – People and Transport.
Music about travelling from
The Blithering Idiots
Barbara Haddrill reads an extract
from her book.
Questions and Answers
Music from Ember.
Book signing

Low carbon drinks and local snacks available.

Babs 2 Brisbane launched with Express coverage

Barbara Haddrill’s Babs 2 Brisbane – the story of her overland journey from Wales to Australia to be a bridesmaid – has been published and is receiving widespread coverage. Last friday John Ingham featured it in his environmental column in The Daily Express. Babs 2 Brisbane is an amazing book. Even if you are not that interested in overland travel you’ll find it an interesting account of the type of decision making you have to make as a committed environmentalist. What is the right thing to do? Fly or not to fly? If you are interested in travel you’ll enjoy the story and be interested in reading up on how to make the same or similar journeys yourself. You can get copies at www.cat.org.uk/shopping and find out more about Babs at www.babs2brisbane.com.

The Organic Garden out in paperback

Blimey. It’s been a long time since I blogged. I’ve even missed the launch date of my own book! The paperback version of The Organic Garden came out last week. Hurrah. It’s exactly the same content as the hardback but as the hardback is no longer available but for a handful of discounted copies at www.cat.org.uk/shopping it’s great to have it back again. The book took about 18 months of hard work to get together and I’m really pleased Collins decided to reprint – especially at the moment with the economy as it is. You’ll actually find it full of home made garden solutions and a great resource if you want to start gardening organically and don’t want to spend lots of money. I’m very much into recycling, DIYing and using natural resources when they are available. I’ll put some extracts up over the next few weeks to give you a feel for the writing style and content, and hopefully provide inspiration as spring comes along! The book costs £12.99 and is available from all good retailers. Bye for now. Allan

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