Since taking a sabbatical from my work as a writer and commentator on climate change and community engagement I have rekindled my love for all things hand made and home baked. This site is a place for me to share the good things in my life and community. My philosophy in life is simple: the best things in life aren’t “things”. What really makes us happy is the time we spend with friends and family, being loved and respected and finding ways to make the life we live and the work we do matter. It’s not a perfect life, but it’s mine and I love it!
For over 20 years I worked with a variety of voluntary and community groups on issues ranging from parental rights, environmental justice and race equality. In 2006 my Parish Council paid me to organise the first ever conference for low carbon communities. This led to the formation of the Low Carbon Communities Network and a life spent wearing a groove from my village to London. I have contributed to several publications and worked as a consultant to organisations such as Defra, Green Alliance and the 10:10 Campaign. These days I prefer to live and work local and you are most likely to find me knitting with British wool or growing veg on my allotment. I worked part time at Fibre + Clay a craft gallery and knit studio in Knutsford, Cheshire and now I design and teach full time. In 2010 I was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of my work with communities and also contributed to Handmade, which you can read online here.
* Credit: The fab photos of me on this site were taken by Andrea Ellison