Harvesting Honey from Anglesey Bees

Angleysey Honey Bees

During my end of summer trip to Anglesey I was given the unexpected opportunity to don a bee suit and help out a local bee keeper doing his hive inspection. Pete has been looking after bees for many years – certainly way before bee keeping became trendy. The plight of bees and the need to grow wild flowers to support other pollinators has received quite a bit of coverage in the press. So it was a privilege that he was willing to give me hands-on experience and indulge my love of learning on a subject that I had only previously been able to read about. Continue reading

New Shoes for Walking

New Shoes for Walk This May
Walking is a really enjoyable activity that gives me a break from staring at the computer and helps me think. It’s also a good way of getting regular exercise. While I’m happy wandering around to discover new streets, websites such as walkit.com (the urban walking route planner) provide a more structured approach. It’s also #walkthismay so there are plenty of themed walks and other activities to encourage people to take up regular walking. Continue reading

Growing Wildflowers using Seedballs

Angie Chan Wildflower Illustration Cornflower Clowslip Daisy

Last winter, I heard Kathryn Lwin, Founder Director of the River of Flowers, speak at one of Manchester Art Gallery’s Thursday Late sessions. Her talk was incredibly inspiring and she shared a vision where patches of wildflowers throughout our city would create ‘rivers’ for our pollinators to travel through. At the end of her talk she gifted the audience with a tin from Seedball. The recent glorious sunshine and revisits to The Lost Gardens of Manchester reminded me that now would be the perfect time to do something with them. Continue reading

Year of the Sheep 2015

Year of the Sheep

Today marks the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year. 2015 is the Year of the Sheep!

Not sure which animal you were born under? Have a look at the Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator. It seems to be a trend among my relations to look up their predictions for the next 12 months ahead. Fortune is offering a sneak peek at your financial future this year.

Regardless of what the Feng Shui master might have in store for you, have a very Happy Chinese New Year!