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Small City Life, St Albans

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Small City Life, St Albans

Small City Life, St Albans

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Marissa Laycock looks at aspects of life in a small city, focussing on St Albans. The area, the attractions, and the people. Bought to you by Radio Verulam and The St Albans Review.

Latest Episodes

Let’s get the show back on the road!

Lockdown has certainly reminded us about the importance of our individual freedom, and that our happy memories are made up of personal life experiences, not possessions. Something that I guess we had forgotten in pre-Covid times. As I wrote this piece, I felt an inner contentment and re-lived many wonderful ‘showtime’ experiences. It felt great [...]

--2 w ago
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Let’s get the show back on the road!

A Tinned Food Renaissance

I found it hard to believe that a “Love Canned Food Festival” was taking place on Instagram last month over a four-day period. I enjoyed scrolling through countless colourful photos of luscious recipes mixing fresh and canned food together. March 2020 saw overall sales of canned food climb to over 70% and we are now [...]

--SEP 19
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A Tinned Food Renaissance

Along the Garden Path

I was amazed by this garden and got totally lost in its horticultural richness. Row upon row of Dahlias were thriving in all their glory. They had been so carefully cultivated by experts. Walking between the rows of such contrasting varieties had a dreamlike quality to it. The celebration garden was just as breath-taking with [...]

--SEP 2
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Along the Garden Path

Camping in Norfolk

I wouldn’t regard camping as a holiday. It is more of a change of scenery really. It’s wonderful to get out of the house and forget about the carpet that needs hoovering and the mound of clothes that need washing. We didn’t go far, but going to a beach I’d never been to before, visiting [...]

--AUG 12
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Camping in Norfolk

Rediscovering my Garden

I mentioned that I was gardening in late March on my Facebook page and received a few messages that made me smile like “Blimey Marisa you must be bored!” or “Are you okay Marisa?” Gardening was never really my thing. I was just dabbling in it here and there, then discovered that I now quite [...]

--JUL 19
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Rediscovering my Garden

‘Life is better around a campfire.’ So they say!

I wrote this while feeling sorry for myself and in dire need of a sun-kissed Mediterranean holiday. Camping is not really my cup of tea and I have been known to pack up in anger and book into the nearest luxury hotel for a night to get over a miserable soggy weekend on a campsite. [...]

--JUL 3
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‘Life is better around a campfire.’ So they say!

The Importance of City Allotments

I must admit I do envy people with green fingers whose mysterious abilities make everything grow in such abundance! How do they do it?! Their hydrangeas are always rich and sturdy, their camellias are always the pinkest and their vegetable patches are always bulging with goodness! Growing up in a city has its advantages but [...]

--JUN 18
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The Importance of City Allotments

Time for a new Personal Image!

We’ve all had a chance to pause and reboot over the last couple of months and have become aware of our inner feelings and certain aspects of our outer lives. Personally, I have reached a stage where I want to change my personal image or at least mix it up a bit. This has been [...]

--JUN 1
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Time for a new Personal Image!

Missing my magical shopping trips under lock-down.

Although the lockdown has led to an increasing sense of introspection, I am missing those rejuvenating feelings that only those magical little shopping trips can provide. After reading online about the female evolutionary need to gather, I don’t feel like a shallow shopaholic. Meandering around Oasis, Neon Sheep and Neal’s yard is always a pleasure [...]

--MAY 18
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Missing my magical shopping trips under lock-down.

Earth is healing under lockdown

Over the past ten years or so I remember being aware that people were talking a lot about environmental pollution and the destruction of nature and animal habitats in relation to capitalism. I distinctly remember making a mental note that nobody was really engaging with issues around how humans were going to be affected in [...]

--APR 30
Comments
Earth is healing under lockdown

Latest Episodes

Let’s get the show back on the road!

Lockdown has certainly reminded us about the importance of our individual freedom, and that our happy memories are made up of personal life experiences, not possessions. Something that I guess we had forgotten in pre-Covid times. As I wrote this piece, I felt an inner contentment and re-lived many wonderful ‘showtime’ experiences. It felt great [...]

--2 w ago
Comments
Let’s get the show back on the road!

A Tinned Food Renaissance

I found it hard to believe that a “Love Canned Food Festival” was taking place on Instagram last month over a four-day period. I enjoyed scrolling through countless colourful photos of luscious recipes mixing fresh and canned food together. March 2020 saw overall sales of canned food climb to over 70% and we are now [...]

--SEP 19
Comments
A Tinned Food Renaissance

Along the Garden Path

I was amazed by this garden and got totally lost in its horticultural richness. Row upon row of Dahlias were thriving in all their glory. They had been so carefully cultivated by experts. Walking between the rows of such contrasting varieties had a dreamlike quality to it. The celebration garden was just as breath-taking with [...]

--SEP 2
Comments
Along the Garden Path

Camping in Norfolk

I wouldn’t regard camping as a holiday. It is more of a change of scenery really. It’s wonderful to get out of the house and forget about the carpet that needs hoovering and the mound of clothes that need washing. We didn’t go far, but going to a beach I’d never been to before, visiting [...]

--AUG 12
Comments
Camping in Norfolk

Rediscovering my Garden

I mentioned that I was gardening in late March on my Facebook page and received a few messages that made me smile like “Blimey Marisa you must be bored!” or “Are you okay Marisa?” Gardening was never really my thing. I was just dabbling in it here and there, then discovered that I now quite [...]

--JUL 19
Comments
Rediscovering my Garden

‘Life is better around a campfire.’ So they say!

I wrote this while feeling sorry for myself and in dire need of a sun-kissed Mediterranean holiday. Camping is not really my cup of tea and I have been known to pack up in anger and book into the nearest luxury hotel for a night to get over a miserable soggy weekend on a campsite. [...]

--JUL 3
Comments
‘Life is better around a campfire.’ So they say!

The Importance of City Allotments

I must admit I do envy people with green fingers whose mysterious abilities make everything grow in such abundance! How do they do it?! Their hydrangeas are always rich and sturdy, their camellias are always the pinkest and their vegetable patches are always bulging with goodness! Growing up in a city has its advantages but [...]

--JUN 18
Comments
The Importance of City Allotments

Time for a new Personal Image!

We’ve all had a chance to pause and reboot over the last couple of months and have become aware of our inner feelings and certain aspects of our outer lives. Personally, I have reached a stage where I want to change my personal image or at least mix it up a bit. This has been [...]

--JUN 1
Comments
Time for a new Personal Image!

Missing my magical shopping trips under lock-down.

Although the lockdown has led to an increasing sense of introspection, I am missing those rejuvenating feelings that only those magical little shopping trips can provide. After reading online about the female evolutionary need to gather, I don’t feel like a shallow shopaholic. Meandering around Oasis, Neon Sheep and Neal’s yard is always a pleasure [...]

--MAY 18
Comments
Missing my magical shopping trips under lock-down.

Earth is healing under lockdown

Over the past ten years or so I remember being aware that people were talking a lot about environmental pollution and the destruction of nature and animal habitats in relation to capitalism. I distinctly remember making a mental note that nobody was really engaging with issues around how humans were going to be affected in [...]

--APR 30
Comments
Earth is healing under lockdown
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