THE MODERN MINT BLOG
It is time for the Edinburgh Festival 2018 – hurray for August!
We will be in Edinburgh for 2 days towards the end of month, meaning we miss out on a few days work pruning topiary and cutting the stone fruits in the orchards.
However, it will be great to rest my back a bit and take in some great shows. Many clients are also going to Edinburgh and have been asking for recommendations, so here goes below…. to point you in the right direction:
Jordan Gray: People Change
Mel Byron: Old Movies Saved My Life
Will Seaward: Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories
Tony Law: A Lost Show
Paul Foot: Image Conscious
Pauline Eyre & Rebecca How: Better
Succubus – a lovely, early in the day show. Get the magazine too!
We would also recommend Daniel Rubinstein, Mawaan Rizwan, Sheep, John-Luke Roberts, Leslie Mcjagger, ACMS, Kieran Hodgson, Natalie Palamides, Jordan Brookes, Flo and Joan, Daniel Kitson (if you can get tickets) and Alun Cochrane. I may have forgotten a few. But that will hopefully be enough to get you started!
Hope you enjoy them all!
The Modern Mint Team.
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Microbz is a brand we have been using in the garden for a couple of years now. It is a product made by a company who send a bottle of beneficial microbes, that you mix with water and this addition of ‘life’ helps your soil to improve. (Note – at Microbz there is currently a sale on here. Worth a first try at this price, so you can see the difference for yourself!) Have You Heard About Beneficial Microbes? You may have heard of the health benefits of beneficial microbes for your guts (what a word that is) but these microbes are …