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welcome to the frogbit blog

welcome to the frogbit blog

Hi there. My name’s  Chris. Welcome to my website. . I hope to share some ideas on green living – nature, eco issues, wildlife gardening, creativity, philosophy of living,  environmental issues that sort of stuff. My podcasts are up and running. They’re rude, irreverent, opinionated and have lots of swearing. Give ’em a go.  

Paradise lost, but then possibly found again

Paradise lost, but then possibly found again

I was going to do a thoroughly positive blog/podcast this week, but then the Paradise Papers came out and thought it was only timely and correct that i should mention it. There hasn’t been that much fuss or controversy that i’m aware of that you’d maybe expect from these revelations. I suppose to me, they’re not really revelations, just confirmation that the super rich really don’t feel under any obligation to pay their fare share for being able to exploit…

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Death, death, death!

Death, death, death!

Hello everyone, once again i have a guest blog and once again it’s Rob Brown whose blog a few weeks ago was very well received. Over to you Rob. This is a happy and optimistic article about  death and decomposition. Time passes, things fail, things fall apart, rot and become useless. Except useless  as a description couldn’t be further from the truth. As far as the Earth is concerned this is about the only time a lot of things do…

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A walk in a dark woods and other things

A walk in a dark woods and other things

You know i feel like just writing about bits and bobs this week readers. There’s loads of shorter things that i want to write about. I’m actually halfway through writing a blog on  ‘the intelligence of bacteria and other really small things’..but you know, there’s only so much you can write in a single session about bacteria, so that will probably be for next week. So it’s ‘hello darkness my old friend’ time of year again..not the best time of…

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GOING DUTCH

GOING DUTCH

They’re alright the Dutch aren’t they? They keep popping up in my research and my reading and apart from when some of them vote for a silly twat with silly hair called Geert Wilders, they seem like a progressive bunch, generally. They have an empire history of course, but since then they just seem to have gone about their business without too much fuss. You never really hear much about them, say compared to the French and Germans. For example,…

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Like a DryStone Cowboy

Like a DryStone Cowboy

Now i really like autumn for lots of reasons, but i still find myself reflecting on another summer gone and another winter of short days, dark bike rides, no bees or butterflies and a lot less colour everywhere, but especially in the garden. In fact, in the woods the colours are spectacular this time of year..not just from the leaves but also from the way the low sunlight bounces off them..what else is good about this time of year? Well…

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Flowers, Bees and Tories (was this a Cher song?)

Flowers, Bees and Tories (was this a Cher song?)

Back in the blog hot seat after putting my blog feet up for a week and letting Rob Brown guest post. It got lots of positive comments..in fact more than i get for mine !!! No, I’m not jealous, honestly! Anyway a big thank you to Rob and hope to hear another tale from you soon. So this is probably the last wildflower post until early spring, but there’s still a lot to talk about. This year i bought some…

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Why Garden?

Why Garden?

I have a guest writer this week.  Professional gardener and long time friend Rob Brown posts his personal thoughts and asks the question, why garden…over to you Rob. It’s a question I have been asking myself recently in light of the reported lack of new gardeners appearing out of colleges and schools to keep the gardens and parks of England looked after. I am a professional gardener and came to gardening as a massive career change in mid life. There…

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Is meat dead?

Is meat dead?

Okay, disclosure,i’ve got a vested interest here…i’m a long term vegetarian and i would like nothing better than all animal killing across the world to end tomorrow.. My own journey began around 42 years ago when i was taken on a sea fishing trip by an uncle who thought it would be a great adventure…after spending the first hour throwing up(the sea was quite rough) i spent the next 3 hours watching fish slowly suffocate all around me..and i absolutely…

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Plants for the Memories

Plants for the Memories

Bournemouth -August 1976. It seemed like a long hot summer… but that’s how we remember them all from childhood isn’t it? It was a weird place for us to go… Bournemouth. Being from Warrington, Wales was usually our holiday destination but at the tender age of 14 I ended up there, in a hotel with my slightly older (and good friend) cousin Phil,and Uncle Albert and Auntie Doris. I always remember it as the first time I was ‘allowed’ (sort…

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We Plough the Fields and Scatter

We Plough the Fields and Scatter

So… the big field has still not been cut. more and more flowers are appearing. Lots of small poppies, lots of forget-me -knots and lots of these yellow and white one’s that i still haven’t indentified. To be honest, i’m not the sort of person that needs to know the exact names of everything. For some people they have to because is a job. But me? Well if it doesn’t bother the plant then it certainly doesn’t bother me! The…

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