This week I’m sowing overwintering broad beans and peas, tying-in fruit trees and making celeriac soup.
The first frost has struck south London. Last Friday, I went to the plot to tie in my espaliered fruit trees (see below) and the dahlias and nasturtiums were still green and in flower. There were freezing temperatures overnight and [...]
This week, making grape jelly and planting onions, shallots and garlic.
GOT ANY GRAPES?
The grapevine on Plot 35a is one of the things I like the most about my allotment. It is the jewel in the crown: a gigantic vine that every summer produces hundreds of bunches of grapes. In some ways, it is so simple [...]
On the route of our school run there is a mature quince tree, dominating the front garden of a house. For the past few weeks its branches have been lit up by scores of golden quinces. I noticed it only when a fellow school run mum, who had been eyeing it up, told me about [...]
If you only run one half marathon next year – you’re not entering enough events, oh and make sure it’s the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. Despite the fact my running’s even woefully slower than usual, I actually enjoyed being one of the 16,000 runners – all ages and abilities – taking part in last [...]
Apart from General Elections, the busiest time for a political journalist is the autumn party conference season. Three or four weeks of travelling around the country to different party’s conferences, sometimes by the seaside, sometimes in cities like Manchester or Birmingham. I miss my daughter, but I also miss my allotment, where the harvest is [...]
As you hurtle around Paris, there are a multitude of advertisements for Jonathan Anderson’s latest Loewe collection. I began to notice them – with their monumental Meisel images of Raquel Zimmermann awash with pastels – as soon as I left the Eurostar. I’m not sure what they cost, all those hoardings. But they’re doing their job. It made me think a lot about Loewe, about what Anderson is doing there, and how it’s making everything else look old.
Before the Ealing half-marathon last weekend http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2015/09/28/that-ealing-feeling-half-marathon-review/ I hadn’t run a half-marathon in more than a year, and in nine days’ time I’ll be running another one. Why the sudden rush? Well, this time – on Sunday October 11 – it’s the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon with 16,000 runners registered, and, like Ealing, it’s special, but in a completely different way.
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon began life in 2008 as [...]
It’s amazing how in just four years the Ealing Half-Marathon has become such a well-loved fixture on the London running scene. This year was my fourth, having run every one since it started and once again it was a fantastic experience – a superbly organised event with a real community feel, blessed by fabulous weather.
In early September it feels like we are still clinging onto summer. By late September, after the autumnal equinox, it feels like a headlong rush towards winter. It doesn’t matter if there’s an Indian Summer (and I thought one was promised for this weekend), if the sun beats down at lunchtime and makes you hang [...]
Access all areas: New York’s new luxury, from Coach, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta. And, oh, Kanye West
Accessible fashion. It means different things to different people – simplified design, clothes everyday people can wear everyday, and can afford, too. It probably helps if you can get in to see the damn things, which was my issue with the mob scene outside of Kanye West’s Yeezy show, the usual squabbling scrum of press, buyers and incessantly snapping street style photographers augmented by fans of the various celebrities reputed to be turning up, and said celebrities’ security cliques. Is this worth it, I asked myself, someone’s elbow in my ribs and someone else’s in an eye. Probably not.
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