Kissing the Bride

There is in all probability a chance that when you read this we will have tied the knot and become a happily married “naturist” couple as our wedding takes place this Saturday, just down the road from us at a local hotel.

After covid meant a 11 month delay, we are both so happy to finally be able to get married and celebrate with family and friends. It won’t be a naturist wedding mind you, but we will hopefully be able to celebrate some more at a naturist retreat in the wilds of South Wales.

It’s been over a decade since we became a naturist couple enjoying the delights (sic) and the glorious sunshine at St Osyths naturist beach, near Clacton in Essex on a balmy day in June 2011.

Many delights (of the right kind) occurred soon after as we ventured out for some naked hiking, some walks in the woods before visiting Norfolk and the world acclaimed Holkham Beach. That was vast and trip to the sea for a skinny dip, included a naked hike in itself.

A year later a trip to the unfortunately now textile campsite at Merryhill rounded of a year during which we also visited the now closed St Annes naturist campsite.

In between we’d joined BN, joined our local naturist club as well as more naked hiking and a BN trip to the Splash Landings resort at Alton Towers.

It was here we experienced our first big naturist gathering staying naked in a hotel and waterpark for the best part of 48 hours.

Those were the days thank you my love for all the wonderful memories ❤️💋…. Cheers 🥂

Watering the smart way

Water is so important to you in your garden but at the same time it is important to us all and the survival of this wonderful planet we inhabit. It is for many reason important that we don’t waste it and in fact conserve water wherever we can.

As its approaching holiday time and I’m upgrading my watering system putting in more watering stations and more taps. Nearly all these are from freebies gathered over the last five years from returned good, or parts people were going to send to landfill. I have posted this before but I think its worth reposting to help people in their garden.

Over the years technology has provided us with many innovations some of which I am trying to use in our garden. Many companies have used many technologies in such a way to devise smart watering systems which will take a lot of the hassle and guesswork away for you.

Smart sprinklers and irrigation controllers can simplify home lawn and garden care, and reduce water consumption too. Instead of fixed timers, these systems draw on data from sensors, weather forecasts and plant-care databases to determine watering needs and deliver just enough moisture at just the right time. This in turn will lower your water bill, and also check up on your plants from anywhere in the world using mobile and web apps.

Just looking at two it’s incredible what they can do. Firstly the Hozelock Cloud Controller. The hozelock cloud controller can control your gardens watering from anywhere in the world with a smart phone app (either IOS or Android operating system).

Key Benefits Include:

  1. Easy to use App to create your own watering schedules to set start time, frequency & duration
  2. App allows you to remotely set, pause and adjust watering schedules
  3. App includes local weather summary and push notifications to keep you informed about changes to weather patterns
  4. Ideal for when you are away from home and weather conditions change, to remotely pause and adjust schedules
  5. Each hub can control up to 4 remote tap units

Second is the Gardena Smart Water Control

Gardena’s smart system is professional care for your garden that unites watering-solutions, lawn care and more in one system. It gives you more comfort and freedom as well as maximum control over the care of your garden.

Different plants need different amounts of water. If you want to make it easy for yourself, you can use the Gardena Smart Water Control. This system controls automatically the water supply in your garden and provides a water supply that is tailored to your needs. In combination with the Smart Gateway via the application, you can easily adjust the spraying times so that it sprays only when no one is bothered by it. This does it by

  1. Spraying when it suits you
  2. Setting spray times (via the Smart App)
  3. Regulates the water supply

For me I’m not that far advanced either in experience and do not have enough space or money to justify the outlay but I do have a budget time and a budget irrigation system which cost me in total around £20.00.

There is the question of consumption especially in times of heatwave so you should use it wisely,in the late evening to avoid evaporation and also not everyday (maybe just once or twice a week). There are other ways to you can help saving water in the home by showering instead of having a bath and also using the washing machine a lot less by wearing less clothes/no clothes when it’s possible thereby saving on the laundry by having to wash less clothes.

Everybody needs to rest

During this year I’ve worked hard, long hours, frequently with just one day off each week , so it was a relief when in mid August, I entered a nine day period of rest and recuperation.

This was both annual holiday, weekends off and one day unpaid during which I had to have a steroid injection in my right foot. Since New Year I’ve struggled sometimes incessantly with a nagging pain in my foot, culminating sometimes with nerve pain in my whole leg.

After consultation with my podiatrist, the prognosis was that I has a bursa in between the toe joints, which had become inflamed causing discomfort and pain in my foot. On Friday I had the injection of cortisone and after two days off my feet, I must say it feels a lot better.

Hydrocortisone injections are generally used to also treat painful tendons and bursitis (when a small bag of fluid which cushions a joint gets inflamed). They’re sometimes used to treat muscle pain too when it’s in a particular area. The injections usually help relieve the pain and swelling, and make movement easier.

So far I actually think it may be working as walking seems easier but it could just be that in gereal I’ve been off my feet and off work, so the test will be when I return to work on Bank Holiday Monday.

On the Friday before the hospital visit I managed to water the garden and mow the lawn before resting over the weekend. On Monday I did some gardening again, managing to deadhead and tidy up, while on Tuesday saw me trim the overgrown hedge and cut the lawn edges, which is always a bugbear job for me.

Wednesday I visited family in Lowestoft before returning to the garden on the Thursday to paint the decking during a truncated windy coolish day.

During this enforced time indoors I’ve entertained myself watch endless Endeavour episodes indespersed with the England vs India test cricket and of course Premier League football which was on over the weekend.

Passport Controls

As you may have read or even noticed on the plant labels on all the plants you buy, each plant now has to have a plant passport.

If you are based in the United Kingdom and moving plants or plants products to other businesses in the EU (including within the UK) that can host quarantine pests and diseases, you will be required to have a plant passport.

Why a plant passport?
With a plant passport you prove that your plants meet the phytosanitary requirements that apply within the EU. The passport can be square or rectangular and the layout consists of mandatory elements.

Extension of plant passport obligation
The plant passport obligation extends to all “plants intended for planting”. According to the EU definition, these are plants that can produce whole plants and are intended for that purpose. These plants must be planted out, replanted or remain planted.

Everything that we now refer to as propagating material is included (including seeds), but also all “consumer” room, bedding and tub plants. There will be exceptions; for certain seeds and for sale directly to the non-commercial end user.

What should the plant passport look like ?

The new plant passport has a fixed layout and must be arranged per smallest trading unit, such as: pot, tray or box.

The information on the passport must be legible to the naked eye. You can issue plant passports yourself, but you must be authorised by the relevant Government body.

In the UK Defra is responsible for policing the rules and each plant will have in the top right corner: the word “Plant Passport / Plant Passport (in other official language if relevant)”

A – Botanical name
B – Registration number
C – Traceability code
D – Country code of origin

This week for me, has been up and down, working hard for the most, but yesterday I had to have an injection in my foot, so this weekend I have to rest it. By Monday hopefully the sun will return and I’ll be able to get back into the garden. Hopefully the warmth will be coming back too which is delightful for us naturists . It means comfort at home indoors and outdoor meaning a more relaxed time all round. Then next weekend we’ll be able to get back to the club for the first time this year.

How to be a naturist

Looked at objectively, the human body is not particularly endearing. If you possess the lithe, supple physique of a supermodel or an athlete, you may have no qualms about displaying your torso in public. But if you’re less than the perfect 10 (and most of us would probably come in at around 3 or 4), your wrinkled, spotty, wobbly bits people tend not to lend themselves to enjoy the naturist lifestyle.

Part of this, of course, is prudery. The British have always been more uptight about nudity than the rest of Europe. But such puritanical attitudes are quite irrelevant for Britain’s naturists, who don’t care a fig leaf about the size of their tums or the amount of wobble in their thighs. For them, wandering around in the nude is about freedom of expression.

But even in 2021, naturism is saddled with a bizarre reputation. Although modern naturists come in all ages, shapes and sizes, we still associate the practice with home-movie shots of middle-aged couples engaged in vigorous outdoor pursuits like badminton.

There’s no gentle way to become a naturist. You either get your kit off, or you don’t. However, there are venues which have “clothes optional” policies, where those of a dithering disposition can initially cover their confusion with swimming costumes, while everyone else wanders through the lounges, pool area and garden in pure naked bliss.

Jean and David, from Wolverhampton, first took their children to a naturist swimming evening at a local pool a couple of years ago. “Then we went to look round a sun club near us, and found it was very friendly – not at all inhibiting,” says Jean. “You’ve both got to be keen, but we go regularly now at weekends and during the holidays – nothing else feels so natural.”

Sadly for aspiring singles, going naturist is easier if you’ve got a similarly inclined partner. Most of the Sun Clubs across Britain only accept single members on a quota basis, preferring couples and families. The naturist organisation in the UK British Naturism ‘BN’ does allow single people to register.

During the summer months, there are always the nudist beaches. Official ones and more than 100 “unofficial” ones, where, according to BN normal non sexual nudity is practiced. As of 2021 normal nudity by law is permitted anywhere providing you are not going out with intent of causing alarm.

However because people don’t actually go outside naked it’s rarely happens and is still seen by most as a tabboo or even seen as unlawful by those who don’t research properly.According to BN naturism is one of the fastest expanding hobbies in the land, and membership numbers are buoyant following the coronavirus pandemic.

Naturists everywhere take such a pride in their unique identity that they have even invented their own version of tennis, Miniten – a scaled-down, less energetic form of the game, that presumably reduces the need for supportive underwear on court.

Alternatively you could just enjoy the clothes free lifestyle at home and in the garden, where again providing you’re not looking to cause alarm it’s a perfectly acceptable lifestyle pastime.

This is a repost from a 1995 article with 2021 updates

The original article can be seen here : Original article

Rain and Shine updates

Finally, finally I have a weekend off work, the first since April a chance to enjoy some quality naked time together, a chance to visit the club for the first time this year, a chance to get on top with the gardening…. WRONG !

I’m so happy being able to relax this weekend without the hassle and stresses of work, while I watch the thunder & lightning outside, together with the torrential rain that’s forecast.

Its 8:15 on Saturday morning and it’s already as black as night and the rain has started to fall. What a shockingly typical state of affairs for us, this year, with hardly a day of sunshine and warmth to enjoy out of the working environment.

So as there’s little to enjoy and nowhere to go, I thought I’d update people on what police guidance is on non sexual nudity in England & Wales. This having seen recent news articles online, with such headlines as; “Why sunbathing naked in your own garden could mean you’re committing an offence” and “Can you sunbathe naked in your own garden and is it illegal in the UK ?”

Here it is:

Nudity in Public – Guidance on handling cases of Naturism
Reviewed and updated September 2019 Crown Prosecutor Service

Naturism is used to describe the activities of persons who espouse nudity as part of their lifestyle. Whilst many naturists will restrict their activities to specially designated areas and/or places where there is a tradition of naked activity, such as nudist beaches, others may wish to enjoy nudity more widely.

In the case of naturism a balance needs to be struck between the naturist’s right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress.

Recommended approach to naturism
Although every case should be considered according to its own facts and merits in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors a consistent approach to naturism should be adopted to maintain public confidence in the CPS.

Where none of the features exist that would bring behaviour within the ambit of one of the offences set out in the section on Other offences that might involve nudity below, the recommended approach to naturism should be as follows.

In the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress (as opposed to considering the likelihood of this).

In this case such conduct should be regarded as at most amounting to an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 (POA) . Regard needs to be had to the question of whether a prosecution is in the public interest.

Evidential considerations
In order to breach section 5 POA a person needs to have used threatening or abusive words or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. Section 5 POA is summary only and a non-imprisonable offence.

So that’s basically it, naked sunbathing and naked gardening is permitted throughout England and Wales is lawful, providing you are not setting out to cause alarm. So go outside when the weather gets better, take of all your clothes and enjoy your garden ‘Au Natural’ if you so want to.

Full guidance can be found here : original article

When the Garden calls your name

Enjoy the peace and relax

Naturism and gardening really do go hand in hand especially on a warm summers day. Being naked is a great way to use your bodies natural internal thermostat while creating a garden that people will marvel at.

There’s no secret to being clothes free, the confidence you may need is just a matter of practice and once you have that it just seems the natural thing to do.

Heat up and keep cool naturally

It’s not illegal to be naked in your own garden either, not here in England, although if you’re looking to cause your neighbours alarm or distress then this could get you into trouble.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, “a balance needs to be struck between the naturist’s right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress”.

Don’t stress just enjoy

So there you have it, be descreet about it, just get on with the gardening or sunbathing and you too, just like us can enjoy naked days in your own garden, providing the torrential rain of late subsides.

Tend to your flowers, shrubs and veg and recharge your energy levels while taking in the natural vitamins found in natural sunlight. Use sunblock if necessary on the hottest of days.

To where the roses grow

Yes the roses are growing and very nice they look too, the weather is still changeable but the lighter days and the warmer nights means things are growing very well indeed.

This Monday was the last before I get a well earned break, so I’ve been trying to get on top of my jobs before the day arrives.

I mowed the lawn in a slighty different way on Sunday, mirroring a post I saw on twitter or was it Instagram, where the guy has cut wavey lines rather than straight ones and I was rather impressed.
In my garden it looked like a river flowing down between the patio and pond area, so I think I’ll be doing that again.

I managed to get hold of some potted petunias and diathus on Thursday which I planted up in a hanging basket and also in a metal basket which I picked up for nothing at work. It looked even better than the flue basket I planted up several years ago, so it now a table piece on the garden table.

Monday, saw showers but it was warm enough to stay naked until around 4pm by which time I’d deadheaded the rhododendrons and the roses, cut back the shrubs, harvested the onions and also planted up another wooden planter.

I was in and out between the rain and rested a little bit too but I finished with a tidy of the potting shed before heading inside for a hot bath.

Slow progress on Solstice day

Monday 21st June Summer Solstice Day

I took time out from the gardening today on account of the rain, which has a habit of appearing this year mainly on a Monday.

I took time to shop around for my supplies, visiting Morrisons first, then Lidl, Aldi before making my final two stops the nearest garden centre and Poundland in Witham.

Apart from two phone charging cables, three photo frames and the accustomed chocolate I bought very little some I returned to my first stop, to buy the very first two things I had seen.

It was actual good to take my time and just browse for an hour or two as normally I’m in a rush to get back home. In Morrisons I bought a rustic zinc planter for £14 and a Passiflora Purple Hazel for £5 adding this to the two clematis Guernsey Cream and a Carnaby that I bought while passing through last week.

After having lunch I set to work drilling drainage holes in the bottom of the zinc planter, before filling it with so. E polystyrene blocks and filling to the top with compost.

The planter was filled using the three clematis I bought recently and a salvia. Luckily the obelisk didn’t cost me anything, planting was easy using the reused compost and hopefully as the all plants grow it will make a really colourful display.

A word of advice to any novice gardeners, it’s worth checking out your leaky hose connections first, before you throw them away. This Pico reel from hozelock had a leak which saw water gushing out of the bottom of the hose above. After taking it apart with a screwdriver, it was fixed with just one O ring pictured below…A replacement Pico hose reel retails on amazon at £40.

Big Gains

I’m pretty pleased with the progress in the garden so far, what with all the up and downs with the weather and with the fact I’ve not had a lot of time to spare. With the Summer Solstice occurring this week, the best growing conditions should now be with us.

Many of the roses have finally bloomed, the new hostas are growing like wildfire and generally all the plants are show promise despite a day of torrential rain last Friday. Despite all the wet weather because its still warm plants are still growing.

Jobs I have still to do include repotting, Planting, weeding and deadheading but with the sun having been out alot recently things seem so much better. I was pleased to see my clematis blooming, so I went out and bought two more, these were just £5 each and hopefully I will plant them tomorrow.

Last weekend I harvested both the garlic and the onions and while I never expected a huge bountiful crop, most had at least quadrupled in size. Out in the garden I’m pleased how it’s all coming together although I have a couple of area that need attention.

I have to say I’m amazed at the amount of so called faulty goods that get returned to at garden centres. Many of the items are inspected and passed for credit, but many with a slight attention and adjusting could go back on the shelf and resold, this just shows the thow away society we live in today.

This week I bought home an obelisk, with bent feet, a pair of trimming sheers with a faulty catch, A hose with a faulty nozzle as well as a min/max thermometer probable dead battery and a water timer which possibly only need setting properly.

I bought some new plants too some perennials 12 for £20 and some peonies which came at 3 for £12 all from my online supplier which also gave me a £5 voucher.

When all planted with a helping had from some mycorrhizal fungi the plants began to flourish bring a smile to my face. You have to spend a little hard earned cash to have a nice garden but if you shop around for deals in Garden Centre,Supermarkets and online you can do it without spending a fortune.

Mycorrhizas are fungal associations between plant roots and beneficial fungi. The fungi effectively extend the root area of plants and are extremely important to most wild plants, but less significant for garden plants where the use of fertilisers and cultivation disrupts and replaces these associations.

To fully understand the science watch this video for more information on mycorrhizal fungis hopefully it will be of some help:

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Normalising Naturism

Clothes Free activities can have positive psychological benefits including greater life satisfaction this includes a more positive body image, and higher self-esteem.

Social nudity leads to acceptance in spite of differences in age, body shape, fitness, and health and is not illegal in the home, gardens, the countryside and on the beaches of England.

This is unless you are going out with the intention of shocking people. So why not begin a better life today and enjoy being clothes free.