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  1. I'm a Barbie Girl ... It's fantastic, made of PLASTIC

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    December 31st , pontificating on the year gone by and looking forward to the new one, I found myself, like so many others with the image of that dead baby whale seared on my brain and resolved to go PLASTIC FREE … I’m already massively conscious of plastic waste, living on a boat makes you think hard about waste disposal … and also I have done the Beach Clean-Up (in some pretty remote places) and been stunned by the amount of plastic that washes up … so how hard could it be?



  2. Black is the new Black ....

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    Black is the new black ... when it comes to tea

    This year has seen a huge rise in people asking if I sell Black Teas … and sales of my Blue Lady Tea (an Earl Grey blend) went up. So I spent some time experimenting with different black teas and blends. Being in London earlier in the year helped, as there was a huge choice of quality teas readily available to buy and enjoy.

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  3. Herbs during Wartime

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    I will be trading at the Stoke Bruerne “Village at War” weekend on 10th and 11th September. This annual event looks back at the impact of the Second world War on life in an English village.  Several people have asked me what herbs have to do with war, particularly World War2, and are surprised to hear of the crucial role the humble herb played in our nation’s health and survival.

  4. Spring has Sprung ... and things are getting seedy on The Herb Boat

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    Well, spring has sprung … though it doesn’t feel very spring like here in Lancashire. However, seeing all the new shoots, blossom and early daffodils means my thoughts have turned to planting seeds for the coming year. The Herb Boat roof doesn’t allow for much gardening, but it is amazing what you can achieve in a few pots and containers.

  5. Wassail .... Tis the Season To Be Jolly

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    Whatever you celebrate, the cold, dark nights of winter are a great time to gather with friends to eat, drink and be merry. Wassailing is an ancient, Saxon (or probably earlier) custom that was celebrated on Twelth Night when the feudal Lords would give their "serfs" gifts of food and drink, in exchange for goodwill. The word 'wassail' comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase 'waes hael', which means 'good health'. Originally, the wassail was a drink made of mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, spices and sugar. There are many recipe variations, but I like the one here

  6. Going greener .....

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    Well, I gave myself a bit of a stern "talking to" last week ... about my packaging, as I use far too much plastic. Whilst my carrier bags are biodegradeable, none of the packaging I use for the herbs and spices is.

    So, over the next few months I am going to experiment with some new packaging types, all of which will be fully recyclable, re-usable and / or biodegradeable. I want to be sure that the new packaging maintains the quality of my herbs and spices and I would value any feedback from you lovely people on whether the packaging is "user friendly". 

    I am also gradually increasing the number of Certified Organic and Fair Trade products. Whilst many of the herbs and spices I sell are grown using organic methods, not all are "Certified Organic", which I know is important for many of you. Latest organic additions are Marjoram, Bay Leaves, Poppy Seeds.


    New labelling, with green hearts, allows you to see which herbs and spice are Certified Organic at a glance and I will be adding more as I source more top quality Certified Organic produce. Don't forget my stock is non-irradiated and GMO free.

    Meanwhile, I am looking forward to trading at the Saltaire Festival this weekend 17th to 20th September 



  7. There is no such thing as a free lunch ....

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    But you can win yourself some free spices or joss sticks .... Head over to The Herb Boat's Facebook Page 

    and either LIKE the page or SHARE the GIVE AWAY status to be in with a chance to win a selection of my "Taste The World" Spice Blends or a selection of Satya Incense Sticks






    If you are not in, you can't win ... watch out for me trading in Shipley over the next few days 

    TTFN Bunny

  8. Hedben Bridge

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    There seems to be something exciting going on in Hebden Bridge every weekend ... festivals, parades, workshops, exhibitions ... it really is an inspiring place to be. I will be trading here again tomorrow, 30th of June, weather permitting.

    We also met fellow boat trader Crafts Afloat and will be trading with them and some other local craftspeople over the weekend of the 6th and 7th June when the legendary "Hand Made Parade" takes place.

    Crafts Afloat not only sells exquisite handmade glass jewellry, but also offers a range of craft workshops and parties on board "The Crafty Snail" narrowboat.



    We traded together last weekend in the blustery sunshine 


    Hope to see you there





  9. Spice Up Your Life

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    .Well, yesterday saw the launch of my new "Taste the World" exotic spice and herb blends ... each 60ml jar containing a burst of GMO free, non-irradiated flavour from far off lands, bringing the world to your kitchen. 

    I will be adding more but currently have; 

    Warm, floral flavours of North Africa in Ras El Hanout,
    Fragrant Harissa Spice from Tunisia, 
    Punchy Cajun Spice from Louisiana, 
    Hot but mellow Jamaican Goat Curry spices (equally good with lamb and veg), 
    Birmingham / Pakistani fusion flavours of Balti Spices
    Desert flavours of Arabian Z'atar
    Eye-wateringly hot Jerk Seasoning, marrying the flavours of Africa and the Caribbean, 
    And a fragrant taste of summer in the Thai Stir Fry blend

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    Mmmmmm ... more coming soon. Available only on the towpath at the moment, £2 a jar but mail order soon

    TTFN Bunny

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