Yearly Archives: 2015

Elder Folklore and Elderberry Syrup

The elder tree is a familiar sight in the Scottish hedgerow, with its flat topped clusters of delicate cream flowers in late spring, followed by bunches of purple-black berries in autumn. It has perhaps the greatest number of practical uses of any plant, …
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NaNoWriMo 2015

November is National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo, when participants throw caution to the wind and attempt to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel by 11:59pm on November 30th. Madness? Probably. Fun? Definitely! This year I’ll be attempting …
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Bramble Ramble: Folklore and Jam

I must be honest, we spent a good chunk of Spring ripping out almost all the brambles from our garden. The previous owners of our wee white hoose had been elderly, and from what we can gather they had just left the …
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Books Are My Bag: Desert Island Reads

Thursday saw the launch of this year’s Books Are My Bag campaign, a nationwide celebration of books and bookshops that hopes to encourage book lovers to visit their high street bookseller instead of the online retail behemoths when they want to buy a …
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