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Day 59: Best Seller is … Colour in!

The numbers have it, and they’re telling us colouring in is cool! Over the last few weeks, Amazon’s best selling books are colouring in books for adults. And to be honest, who doesn’t love a good colour-in session?! Herbie certainly does, download your FREE printables on the HOME page, print and colour in until relaxation …

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Day 55: How to start off in the book business

It’s one thing to write a book, and it’s another to sell it. Writing was the easy part, and after talking with a couple of publishers, I decided to self-publish the “Herbert Peabody” series. Why? Because I wanted Herbie to look, and feel, a certain way. I was new to the world of books, so …

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Day 53: To market, to market, to meet a kindred spirit

I went to an organic food market on the weekend. Hubby went to order coffee while I minded a vintage wine barrel and four stools for us plus a dear friend, Mr S,  and his son. We had Mr S’s dog, Massa, a beautiful Golden Retriever, with us, and as I was waiting, the man …

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Day 51: Five Top Tips to Get Your Kids Out Into The Garden

A long weekend is around the corner, so here are five ways to encourage your child to get out into the garden! 1. Show your child something new Have them draw a picture or write about what they’ve found. 2. Embrace “Let ME do it!” Allow your child to get their hands dirty by picking produce …

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Day 47: Sweet enough, naturally

I love pears, especially the beurre bosc varietal. They are the colour of comfort food, and that was tonight’s dessert: diced pears cooked on the stove with butter, caramelised in their own natural sugar. My mum has type one diabetes so when we were growing up, we rarely added sugar to our dessert. Peaches straight …

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Day 45: Sharing Herbie’s magic with children at Stories Up High

The great American comic, W.C. Fields, once said, “Never work with children or animals.” However, if he had been at the Stories Up High children’s writers festival this weekend at Cloudehill in Olinda, he may have thought otherwise. Reading chapter one of Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch, followed by painting pots and planting …

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Day 42: A sweet surprise!

There’s a new trend in cooking: veggies are the new dessert! Chefs are making vegetables the sweet ingredient of the meal, with celery, carrot and pumpkin being served as the last course. And while this may seem like new news, the Romans were doing exactly this in their time: Honey roasted carrots were a popular …

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Day 41: Children who grow their own veg are FIVE times more likely to eat them

Yes, children who grow their own veg are FIVE times more likely to eat them. This was reported in the Daily Mail this week – read more via the link below. And if you think about this, it makes sense. When I understand a process, I am more likely to give the outcome a try. …

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Day 40: Quick, healthy and do-able

Stir fires are fantastic. They are quick to cook, quick to clean up and deliver on taste! Weekends are about convenience for me and Herbie, and today there was a lovely leek and curly kale sitting in our veggie bowl. I pulled out the fry pan, chopped the leek and kale, and by the time …

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