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paul stallard
Brand and digital strategist. Lives in Sheffield. Works here there and everywhere.
Interests: Brands, digital stuff, new experiences, bikes, cakes, travel, adventures, mountains, smart ideas, gardening, books, music, running, food, architecture, design...
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"And so now I'd like to say - people can change anything they want to. And that means everything in the world. People are running about following their little tracks - I am one of them. But we've all got to stop just following our own little mouse trail. People... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at TheFutureIsUnwritten
Jaume Plensa is from Barcelona. He is a polymath of an artist. He sculpts from alabaster, metal, resin, plastic, iron, video, light, letters, words and gongs. And other stuff. He stages Operas. He has made the M62 a much better... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at sense of place
Call me fickle. Call me a dilettante. Call me old. But I've been blogging here as well. Similar themes but with a particular list collating purpose. Ideas for new things for the list gratefully received. Ten down. Thirty to go. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at sense of place
In approximately 1 acre of woodland we have approximately 1/3 of an acre of brambles. And counting. Blink and they've grabbed another 1/3 of an acre or so. So we're on the offensive. But it's slow, boring work. The fire... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at sense of place
It is indeed official. We have an asparagus bed. A long thin strip near the rhubarb and blueberries. Featuring Pacific Purple, Connover's Colossal and Gijnlim. The crowns are weird looking things. Quite alien. We won't be eating the benefits for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at sense of place
We're back in action. Or limbering up for it anyway. A few more beds have been prepped for summer growing. The fruit bushes appear to have survived a process somewhere on the spectrum between bloody massacre and pruning. A selection... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at sense of place
Spring is springing. Life is returning. The blooming rhododendrons are a delightful surprise. And the early rhubarb is the first food of the season. We may force a few clumps as well. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at sense of place
Every hayfever season I vow to go and get jabs in the winter. And forget. Last summer someone told me that local honey helps reduce the effects of hayfever by helping you get used to the local pollen. Lovely Mrssenseofplace... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at sense of place
The first chance this year to put spade to soil and tidy some vegetable beds. In places this involved the rather depressing task of removing the last vestiges of the winter crops the pheasants and frosts drove to an early... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at sense of place
At the end of 2009 moving to HB was still contemplation. I seem to remember posting some rather grand visions for what I hoped 2010 might hold. So what does the year look like with the benefit of hindsight rather... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at sense of place
It snowed. Which was beautiful. The cold snap brought with it night time temperatures of -12 degrees. Which had a fairly solidifying effect on our already precarious water supply. Lowlight of the winter was immersing my arm to shoulder depth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at sense of place
I'd been warned that I might be needing to hang a 'normal service will be resumed shortly' sign on the metaphorical front door during the first few months of parenthood. Whoops. To be fair it's not really Emily's fault. She's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at sense of place
There's a new member of the team here at Hollow Barn. Got me a daughter. I'd been warned that the emotional bond can feel quite overwhelming. And yes. I'm smitten. She is utterly, unconditionally adorable and lovely and I suspect... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at sense of place
paul stallard is now following Miranda Gore Browne
Sep 4, 2010
From the loud white notes played by the cow parsley earlier this year purple has become the accent colour round the garden. From beetroots to potato flowers, it's pretty hard to piss off god by not noticing. it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at sense of place
Cookbooks are splendid and precious things. So (and more so) are sisters. And cakes. And biscuits. And buns. So this is a bit of a treasure trove really. My clever sister (who has just started a clever blog about beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at sense of place
We're lucky living here. It's an amazing place. Today Mrs SenseofPlace found a 4 leaf clover behind the woodshed. Hope, faith, love and luck. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at sense of place
The reclaimed cottage garden is now a rich landscape of courgettes, sweetcorn, potatoes, bolting rocket, odd shaped lettuces, giant beetroots, rambling peas, tangled beans, florence fennel, celeriac, a flowering leek, lots of marigolds, sunflowers and comfrey, broccoli, onions and a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at sense of place
Just around the corner from Molly Sugden's Hairdressing in E2 in London are these little oases of garden splendour. The former is a spectacular 'wall garden'. The latter a tiny corner plot which transforms a very ordinary and very urban... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at sense of place
We had some visitors. They made a nest on the light fixture. Four swallows. Now flown. You ain't seen me, right? Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at sense of place
We got the train down through France and stayed in a villa located slap bang in the middle of a strawberry farm near Perigueux. Judging by the proliferation of signs promoting Fraises de Perigueux strawberries rank alongside walnuts, foie gras... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at sense of place
We've not counted, its not a competition and in terms of sheer numbers there are no doubt more blades of grass. Or nettles. But in terms of sheer presence cow parsley is a fairly dominant character round our way right... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at sense of place
The first peas of the season. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at sense of place
Lots done this weekend. More beds reclaimed, lawns and paths mowed. Pea wigwam constructed. Brocoli, onions, marigolds, sprouts, fennel, artichokes and lots of lettuce all planted. Sunday evening brings rain which will give everything a good soak. Staring out of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at sense of place
Not to mention friendly cohabitees. Our friendly pheasants wander past regularly. And their squawks start the day. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at sense of place