About Us

Mary and Ian moved from London to Hereford in 2001 with four of their five children. After renting for six months, we bought our present house and started to settle in. We both enjoy the outdoors, camping in our Lunar Vacanza campervan, gardening, nature, music (one of us listening and the other playing) and crosswords. We both volunteer for Hereford Open Door (a local charity supporting homeless people in Herefordshire) and are on the Executive Committee of the local scout group.

Mary keeps her hands busy with her many ‘arts and crafts’ activities which she will describe in this blog. She was recently appointed Head Broderer at Hereford Cathedral and also volunteers at the Hereford Museum Resource Centre. Mary plays in several folk bands and enjoys attending the local textile and craft groups. She is very active in her local church (St Francis Xavier). Trained as a biologist, she has a passion for observing and studying local flora and fauna.

Ian, after a scientific career at BP and Intertek, continues to be fascinated by anything and everything scientific. He enjoys chess and reading (mostly non-fiction) and has an unhealthy interest in composting! Since moving into a mainly Victorian house (built in the 1850s), he has researched and supervised the many improvements in energy efficiency. A strong interest in climate and weather, especially the impacts that climate change will bring to the local environment and economy.

This blog documents our journey trying to live sustainably in Hereford (UK) by reducing our carbon footprint, extreme recycling, home composting and growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. Enjoying life through observing and studying nature, appreciating art, theatre and music, recording local weather/climate, experiencing the great outdoors, keeping hands and minds busy, learning something new every day, and helping other people.

Mary + Ian - Crafty Cabbage


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