Annette’s Websites of the Week- Love Food Hate Waste, Royal Horticultural Society, Olympic Torch Relay

May 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Love Food Hate Waste- This week I’ve been sharing some of my favourite veggie recipes for National Vegetarian Week. On the search for veggie dishes I visited the Love Food Hate Waste website which is packed full of handy ways to prevent food and drink waste with top tips and fantastic recipes that use up food you might have otherwise thrown away.

As someone who really enjoys food I’m conscious about trying to get the most out of my groceries so LFHW’s website is perfect for me. I like the recipe search tool which uses categories according to the ingredients you have and the type of meal you want to make- a quick breakfast, light lunch or a vegetarian evening meal etc…

Love Food Hate Waste Website

Love Food Hate Waste

You’ll discover a huge variety of beautiful dishes which can be made out of pantry essentials and leftover, helping you save money and use all the delicious ingredients that you bought at the supermarket/grocers.

Also check out LFHW’s tips on ways to make sure you don’t over stock your fridge and how to control the amount of food you’re cooking. I’ve found the ‘Perfect Portions’ tool really helpful for ingredients such as pasta and rice- I always make more than I need.

Royal Horticultural Society- This week Royal Horticultural Society have been busy hosting the annual Chelsea Flower Show and it’s fair to say that they chose the perfect week as the sun hasn’t stopped shining.

I wrote a blog earlier in the week about my favourite gardens featured at this year’s show and since the RHS have handed out awards to their favourite gardens and gardeners. You can view all of the winners and nominee at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012 section of RHS website along with a host of photographs of the gardens and video footage from this year’s event.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show website

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Whilst at  I also had a nosey around the site’s gardening section which has lots of information about how to tend your garden during the summer months. Including how to maintain a grow your own veggie patch, which is handy to read if your currently growing your own veggie, fruit and herbs like me.

This weekend is set to be a scorcher so why not try and get your grandchildren to help you around the garden. If they aren’t convinced read RHS’s top tips on gardening for the whole family where you’ll find fun garden tips aimed at children, but don’t forget the sunscreen.

Olympic Torch Relay- As I’m sure you already know the Olympic Torch Relay began its tour of the UK last weekend. The torch has already travelled from Land’s End to Worcester and is now en route to Cardiff before it tours Wales.

Throughout it’s week- long journey various famous people from the world of sport have carried the flame including Darren Campbell, Sharon Davies, Zara Phillips and Didier Drogba. Along with these sports personality’s people from local communities have also had the opportunity to carry the flame, which was saluted by two elephants at West midlands Safari Park yesterday.

BBC Olympic Torch Relay website

BBC Olympic Torch Relay

As the torch travels most people want to keep track of its whereabouts, including me. I’ve been tracking the torch via BBC News who has created a fantastic Torch Relay landing page that gives up to date coverage of the relay.

From here you can view a live video stream or read up to date reports of what’s happening on the relay. The page also includes an interactive map with the route highlighted and estimated times of arrival, plus pictures from the relay so far. A great resource which I’m sure I’ll be glued to next week when the torch arrived in Staffordshire.

Chelsea Flower Show 2012

May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After weeks of dreadful weather the sunshine has finally made an appearance right in time for this week’s Chelsea Flower Show which opens to the public today.

Yesterday celebrities, show judges and Her Majesty the Queen were invited to Chelsea Flower Show’s Press Day where the show gardens were judged and guests were able to take an exclusive tour around the show.

The Queen at Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The Queen at Chelsea Flower Show 2012

I was lucky enough to visit the Chelsea Flower Show many years ago and have followed the annual event for years because I admire the creativity of the gardens that are often designed with specific occasions in mind. Many of this year’s gardeners have taken into account this summer’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games but they were also required to work around the recent drought and hose pipe ban.

One gardener who concentrated primarily on environmental elements was Diarmuid Gavin who has created the highest ever garden featured at the show. The striking garden scales 80ft and is designed in a pyramid frame with seven stories. Adding a touch of Royal Britannia for Press Day, Diarmuid invented 75 Chelsea Pensioners to line the pyramid garden, where they could admire the magnificent views from the high rise garden.

Diarmuid Gavin Chelsea pensioners

Diarmuid Gavin garden with Chelsea Pensioners

Although I like Diarmuid’s boldness I have to say that his garden isn’t particularly visually pleasing for me. Instead I like the garden which have a more relaxed and rustic feel. The L’Occitaine Garden and Chris Beardshaw’s ‘Furzey Gardens’ are favourites of mine because they are both understated but beautiful. In contrast I also like the Thai exhibit which is vibrant, energetic and full of life.

The Royal Horticultural Society, who hosts Chelsea Flower Show, has also focused on practical gardens in 2012’s show. They’ve included a rehabilitation garden that has been used to help wounded and ex-service men and women get back into the garden. The rehabilitation garden is fantastic to see as I believe that getting outdoors is a fantastic opportunity for people to enjoy life once again.

Amanda Holden in L'Occitaine Garden

Amanda Holden in L’Occitaine Garden

The RHS have also called on celebrities fans of the Chelsea Flower Show such as Dame Judi Dench, Joan Collins and Fearne Cotton to decorated plant pots which will be auctioned for charity. All proceeds will be ploughed back into The RHS who work with children to help them benefit from the pleasures of gardening.

There is a lot going on at this week’s show so I’d recommend reading The Telegraph’s live coverage or visiting the Chelsea Flower Show website for updates on awards, featured gardens etc. I’d love to hear from you if you’re visiting the show so please feel free to leave a comment below.

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