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Plans, progress and planting for ReforestNation

November 5, 2017 by

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I’ve written a long overdue update about our reforesting project, ReforestNation. After a fallow period, we are brimming with plans and energy for the project, and starting to make real progress with restoring and reforesting the 47 acres of land we purchased as a family two years ago. It’s been a steep learning curve, going […]

Making a pinhole digital camera

October 20, 2014 by

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with a homemade pinhole camera lens for my old mirroless digital camera (a Sony Nex 5r.) The pinhole lens is very simple – it’s made from a lens cap with some foil. I’ve taken some interesting pinhole photos with it, as you can see, but the effect when […]

NonStuff Festival at Wiston Lodge

October 20, 2014 by

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In case you’ve ever felt like putting on a music festiva and wondered what it takes, well, you could take a look at the experience of my friend James Chapman. James organised the recent NonStuff acoustic music and permaculture festival at Wiston Lodge, which was a small but beautiful two day festival, as the pictures […]

1.6 million what ifs

September 19, 2014 by

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What if this isn’t the end of something, but the start? What if, a year from now, 1.6 million people descended on Faslane to kick out nukes? What if 1.6 million people moved their savings into a new ethical, green Scottish bank? What if 1.6 million people said “no” to fracking in Scotland? What if […]

Post #Indyref “to do” list

September 19, 2014 by

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I thought a “to do” list might cheer me up this morning…

ReforestNation Launch at Wiston Lodge

September 16, 2014 by

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This weekend I helped launched a new project at the first Nonstuff Festival at Wiston Lodge. ReforestNation aims to buy and replace monoculture plantation woodlands with healthy deciduous forests in Southern Scotland – and help build community in the process. We want our project to be both environmentally and economically sustainable, so we aim to […]

Why this new Anglo-Scottish family will be voting YES

September 11, 2014 by

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During the independence debate we have heard from some political commentators, such as Jeremy Paxman, that the steady rise in support for a yes vote represents a surge in anti-English sentiment. It’s one of the arguments I have found hardest to swallow, since it clashes with what we as an English family living in Scotland […]