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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Enjoy years of features from regular contributors to The Village

Mary Green's Nature Diary

BACK TO THE ROOTS

Mary Green visits the farm where she grew up to see the benefits of organic methods. What an odd year it has been. It was...

LOVING THE UNLOVED

Mary Green surveys the natural wonders we have turned against . . . I hope people have kept up the closer link with the natural...

NATURAL REACTION

This has been a strange spring and early summer in all ways. Not only have people’s habits been drastically changed by the lockdown, but we have had peculiar weather. It was the sunniest May ever – my solar panels made lots of electricity! It was unusually warm and here in particular extremely dry. All the muddy patches went and were replaced by dry ground.

Meat . . . or veg?

Mary Green looks at the implications of what we eat . . . It looks as if we are going into April without having any...

Gardening with Hannah Genders

FARMING WITH NATURE

Hannah Genders visits a village farmer whose philosophy is to ‘give something back’ and to enhance the land. During lockdown earlier this year, many of...

GARDENING AT LE MANOIR

Hannah Genders visits the source of Raymond Blanc’s famous seasonal produce and meets the gardening brains behind it. As a saying from the 1940s goes:...

THE SUMMER GARDEN

Even after a long spring and early summer in the garden there’s still work to be done, writes Hannah Genders. We’ve all been madly gardening...
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Enjoy the night sky with Brian Watkiss

‘Selfies’ in space

Village astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the night sky . . . . Here we are in the middle of October already and the nights...

BIG BEASTS LINE UP

Well, what an exciting spring we had! The first launch of Americans into space from US soil for nine years. The Crew Dragon spacecraft worked...

Hiding in plain sight

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky. The year Marches on and winter finally comes to an end with the Vernal equinox...

Venus catches us up

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky. February, the last full month of the winter: hooray! Sunset is getting later and we are...

Village Weather with Phil Thomas

WARM, WET AND NOISY

Village weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes August was a warmer than average month in The Village area, with a mean temperature of...

LOCKDOWN SUNSHINE

If there was one thing that made the early months of lockdown bearable for many people, it was the weather.As Villagers found themselves with...

Wet, wild weather

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes. February was another very wet and windy month. The rainfall to the 17th was 84.6mm, already more...

Mild winter so far. . .

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes. January continued the very mild weather that we have had so far this winter, although we did...

Village Recipes with Jen Morris

Go nuts for this cake

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, bakes something special for Mother’s Day. Mothering Sunday falls on March 22 this year and this is one...

Quiche for cold days

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, makes a sweet and cheesy winter warmer. While the weather is still cold and wet, it feels very...

Special shortbread

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, bakes a Scottish favourite with a twist. If, on January 25, you will be heading to a Burns...

Pies to please a crowd

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, makes mince pies with non-traditional fillings. The flavours of Christmas are not for everyone, and if you don’t...