How my allotment helped my mental health

The gate to my allotment plot is just a short walk from the doctor’s surgery. Five years ago, after weekly counselling sessions for post-natal depression, I would unlock that gate and set aside an hour to hoe. Looking back, it was here that the real therapy began.

Buttering up the humble pie: the origin of food sayings

The English language certainly gives us plenty of food for thought. Phrases and expressions associated with the culinary arts are in use every day without us even noticing – but have you ever given any thought to exactly why you should ‘bring home the bacon’?