The Cassowary’s Daughter

The Cassowary’s Daughter

Deep in the forest, high up in the mountains of New Guinea, a huge bird strides confidently through the undergrowth. Foraging here and there for seeds and fruit and insects, the cassowary is the queen of the forest, the biggest creature in this ecosystem. She doesn’t...
Hands in the dirt

Hands in the dirt

I love putting my hands into beautiful, living soil. It’s an amazing, grounding, energetic feeling. I enjoy other aspects of gardening: caring for plants, building compost heaps, harvesting and eating the bounty. But getting my hands in the dirt gives me a feeling of...
Dorothy and her ancestors

Dorothy and her ancestors

This post is about my English grandmother, Dorothy Bulmer, nee Dorothy Hermon Hughes. Dorothy was born in Bangor in 1897. My father, Ralph Bulmer, was her eldest son. Dorothy was very proud of her ancestors. Thanks to her, I know a fair amount about my family tree....
My life with green salad

My life with green salad

This is the story behind my new book, Meet your greens: Enliven your salads with herbal energetics. It’s about how to make amazing salads, but it’s also about a lot more than that. Meet Your Greens comes out of my lifelong interest in the different flavours of salad...
My kefir Christmas

My kefir Christmas

The year I was 15, my father, Ralph, gave me for Christmas a small jar containing strange white curds. He said it was a yoghurt bug. But it wasn’t like any yoghurt bug I’d ever seen. It wasn’t the kind of present Dad usually gave me. He was great at choosing gifts for...
Living with Alice in Wonderland

Living with Alice in Wonderland

Most people think Alice in Wonderland is an amusing story for kids. But it’s never been that for me, thanks to the name my parents gave me. For many years there was no love lost between me and that other Alice. But I’ve warmed to her. I’ve been inspired to write about...