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The Maverick Botanist

The Maverick Botanist

The Maverick Botanist   Nicolas Culpepper 1616-1654   He grew up in the English countryside, his grandfather was the village priest and believed that if you fell ill it was gods punishment. This notion was widely believed.   Culpepper had different ideas, he spent his days learning about nature, making remedies and how they work medically.   Nicolas Culpepper lived in a tumultuous time, filled with famine and plagues. London had in total 30 doctors, only the rich had access for medical care.   Culpepper ran underground pharmacies where he created remedies for the poor and the sick. His aim...

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Autumn Dinner Party Sunday Telegraph Interview

Autumn Dinner Party Sunday Telegraph Interview

Q&A – how do you decorate your table for an autumn party? Placemats/ cutlery/ flowers/ name cards all that kind of stuff, or maybe she likes to be more low key....   I think the decoration and presentation you choose should be a reflection on the way you host. I’ve always been more on the casual side and never wanted to make things to over the top. I think when things are little rough around the edges this can put your guests at ease and feel more at home.   I definitely don’t suffer from seasonal affective disorder. I love...

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Mural Painting in the Time of Corona

Mural Painting in the Time of Corona

I have been saying for a while now I want to paint a mural.. It was one one those things I would just put off and off (a bit like this e-journal). In light of this current global lockdown I really have no excuse. So without further ado…here is the stage by stage coverage of my mural. A very brave boyfriend let me use his bedroom wall. Inspired by De Gourney and the with the beautiful Katie Scott book “Botanicum” book open on next to me I started painting not really knowing what the outcome would be!      ...

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