Sunshine Tomatoes

This time of year, for me, is all about tomatoes – in all shapes, tastes, colours and sizes. One dish I love to make is a pasta dish, full of tomato flavour. But because it’s summer, I keep it lighter by sun blushing the little red jewels in the oven – the flavour intensifies and…

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Farming your Local Quality Produce

The food we eat, its provenance and the welfare of the animals providing it, is of more concern to us more than ever before – and rightly so. It’s been almost a year since Jane and Grant Brand opened the doors to their farm shop, the Brand Family Larder at East Fortune Farm and what…

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Healing Herbs

For thousands of years, the herbs we use regularly in the kitchen were also renowned for powerful medicinal properties – the herb garden was the medicine chest. And in North Berwick herbs are being grown to support mental and emotional well being too. Hidden away in the grounds of North Berwick’s Abbey Nursing Home is…

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Home Grown Passion takes you Places

Everybody knows that natural ingredients are far better for us, but why aren’t skincare and haircare products all natural? Nine years ago, founder of the Edinburgh Natural Skincare Company Tommy Crooks, asking himself that very question decided to do something about it. Sitting at his family kitchen table, inspired by the beautiful natural scenery of…

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Take a Walk in Nature

Earth matters and Bernie Rowen-Ross urges us to slow down and think more deeply about the simple things in life – such as a walk in nature. As I write, my back is warmed by the sun, I hear the birdsong and all is well in my world. I’ve just returned from an evening walk,…

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Nothing in this Life is Permanent

Bernadette Petrie tells us nothing in this life is permanent. As I sit down to write my column, I am a day late, having wasted precious energy fretting over an estimated utilities bill, which sent me into a total head spin. Ironically, I’m also on the eve of publishing my first self-help book – Permission…

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Time for Yoga

One of the many aspects of Yoga I truly love is that you can grab your mat, pop it into your kit bag and practice just about anywhere. Here are two easy poses to practice. A lot of people tell me they would like to practice Yoga at home – perhaps in the morning or…

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Climbing Plants for the Garden

Garden designer Joy Grey tells us climbers add an extra, vertical dimension to the garden, take up very little ground space and can be used in a variety of ways to transform even the smallest of gardens. Climbers can be used to disguise bare and ugly house walls, sheds, garages and eyesores. Train them on…

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Stylish Scarves

Scarves are making a comeback, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you want to wrap one around the handle of a basic bag, tie it around your neck or plait it into your hair, printed scarves just got more stylish. With pastels, animal prints and a little sparkle all taking centre-stage this season.…

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