July 16th 2017 – Silence of the birds The weather has been hot, close and suppressive. I have taken to retreating to the cool shade of the woods when out for a lunch-break walk. Luckily the plant nursery where I work is bordered by woodland, filled with a myriad of textures and colours and illuminated… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Silence of the Birds
July 7th 2017 – Nature never holds still for long The TV tennis coverage is proving intense, but beyond the kitchen door the balcony is dappled with shade by the soft weeps of the birch whose triangular leaves always remind me of bunting in the summer breeze. Now and then a formation of swifts cuts… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Nature never holds still for long
Introduction – the turning year When planning some writing, there is nothing worse than sitting down to start a project, and staring at a blank white page! It can really stifle the creative thought process. Thankfully, today my page is far from blank. My inspiration has travelled forward with me thirteen years, from the days… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac
#30DaysWild – June 26th-29th Monday Magic – I met this tree at the edge of the woods. I had to look sort of sideways at it because of the glare of the sun. It towers, twists, and keeps its secrets of who else has passed beneath its crooked limbs. Tuesday Treasure – I found… Continue reading #30DaysWild: Magic trees and poppies in the breeze
Roses have always been in the background of my life; my Mum used to grow them in our garden when I was growing up. I can remember her quoting my GreatGrandfathers advice “prune them down hard, they’ll shoot back strongly“, and wielding the secateurs with her fingers crossed in hope that he was right. … Continue reading Once in an English country garden
This past week since my last #30DaysWild blog post, the intensity of my participation in the activity has been somewhat reduced. 20th-22nd June experienced the peak of a heatwave, with temperatures reaching over 30*c; too hot for nature, too hot for me. It was hard to summon the energy to look beyond the next cold… Continue reading #30DaysWild: Absent in Nature
Do you have a favourite picnic place? Maybe it’s somewhere you discovered recently, or is full of memories of childhood holidays. The brilliance of picnics is you can have one anywhere! Here are a few personal favourites… Back in time Heathlands offer a portal back to a time when we relied on the resources… Continue reading #NationalPicnicWeek: My Favourite Picnicing Spots!