Nature - Xanthe Gladstone - Growing a Mini Garden on Your Windowsill
I personally feel that it’s a myth that we need a garden to grow our own produce. There is really so much that we can do with a small indoor space to still provide fresh, delicious food for ourselves. All you need is a light and reasonably warm space, good quality compost, seeds, and something to plant them in. It’ll also be useful to get a small watering can or something that can be utilised to provide a steady and gentle stream of water onto the seeds. My general rule is to plant the seeds twice as deep as the seed is long, and cover it with compost, water it once or twice a day, and then wait to see what happens. Everything will germinate at different times so you have to be patient!
Healthy Living - Sophie Hellyer, Cold Water Swimmer & Founder of Rise Fierce
Sophie grew up in Devon (UK) and loved the water from a young age. She became a champion surfer and model in her late teens but, as her career has progressed, she has pushed for a more inclusive surfing culture, with particular focus on feminism and diverse representation. She has also become a prominent spokesperson on ocean pollution, sustainability and ethical fashion. Sophie has written about these topics for publications such as The Independent, GQ Magazine, Glamour and Surf Girl. She even gave a TEDx talk in which she flashed her menstrual cup. Sophie founded Rise Fierce, a cold-water swimming community which empowers women through wild swimming and kinship. Currently living by the sea in Cornwall (UK), she regularly hosts Rise Fierce retreats across the UK – incorporating wild swimming, surfing, yoga and women’s circles – where she encourages other women to jump in and rise up. Sophie is also a qualified instructor for surfing, SUP, open-water-swimming and yoga, as well as a lifeguard at her local beach.
Xanthe Gladstone's Guide to Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring
Spring is undoubtedly the most important time in a vegetable gardener’s year and it’s also the most challenging because there’s just so much to fit in. Sitting in my freezing cold kitchen in Wales in late January, I am actually craving the time when I can spend hours of satisfaction in my garden in March, but for now, it’s all about preparation and planning for that time. I want to get as ready as I can for that time and also set myself up for my most successful vegetable growing year yet. I’m going to share five top tips with you so that you can get your garden ready for Spring too. It’s harder to get motivated when the weather is cold and dark, but I assure you it’s so satisfying when you do force yourself to get out there.
Artist's Corner - Richard Gaston - Travel & Lifestyle Photographer
Richard is a Scottish travel and lifestyle photographer and author residing in Glasgow. With his clean style, free of noise and considered composition, he clearly distinguishes his subjects, Richard has shot for the likes of Arcteryx, De Beers, Cereal Magazine, Conolly and Mr Porter. As a published author, Richard co-wrote an award winning travel guide book, Wild Guide Scotland.
Will Cruickshank has a multidisciplinary practice which includes sculpture, film, photography, and printmaking, alongside machines and participatory works. His recent practice has focused on making objects through the development of experimental machinery, materials, and production methods. Often repurposing equipment such as cement mixers, bikes, or potters wheels he has devised complex makeshift weaving machines, improvised lathes, printing presses, and water carving techniques.
Read our interview with Friend of Begg x Co and author of 'Cosy: The British Art of Comfort', Laura Weir, as we discuss her book and podcast recommendations, her WFH 'Zoomiform' and staying positive this festive season.
Anna Jones is a cook, writer, stylist, the voice of modern vegetarian cooking and the author of the bestselling A Modern Way to Eat, A Modern Way to Cook and The Modern Cook’s Year." Read more to find out Anna's delicious ribollita recipe, how shes staying positive and her WFH tips.
Healthy Living - Katie Elliot, Founder of Little Challenges
Katie Elliott is the founder of Little Challenges, an online platform that provides ideas, inspiration, and practical tools, that can make the messy business of being human just a little bit easier. Read our interview with Katie as we discuss mindfulness and managing anxiety during this difficult time.