Rucked up and rumpled, more ‘ups’ than Downs. These soul-worn tops, these ammot-mound-mountains of ours. All foothold and sheep track and lee-of-the-wind. Chalk scarred, tapestried and serenaded, a rise in the land that lifts us to the top of the world. Only the windhover and the lark claim higher.
These days, the month of October always reminds me of one place. The Isles of Scilly was the destination for a three week volunteer work placement I took part in a few years ago, and I have been longing to return ever since. Before I made that trip in the autumn of 2014, everyone I… Continue reading Under Scillonian Skies
Happy #NationalPoetryDay! 28th September is national poetry day, a celebration of a rich culture of language, imagery and expression. I find that autumn is a season steeped in poetic inspiration. In the spirit of ‘here’s one I made earlier’, I thought today would be the perfect occasion to share this poem I wrote inspired by… Continue reading Widdershins: National Poetry Day
Alberta, Canada Canada. It seemed a world away. Amp had been several times of course since his parents emigrated in 2008, but I hadn’t travelled further than a school trip across the channel to France, in my entire 25years! Many people found this lack of tourism hard to comprehend, their holiday memories being filled with… Continue reading Summer Adventure – Wild Rose Country
A buzzard, bent-winged into the wind, was hanging against the clouds as I walked up the driveway to work. I had to acknowledge a pang of mild jealousy as I watched him twist his ruffled feathers and bank, realign, then tilt and soar off over the tree tops. Behind me, the jays were raucous in… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Into the Wind
I have finally seen the bullfinches. All summer long I have heard their whistles from the long hedge that runs parallel to one of the glasshouses (of the plant nursery where I work) but they have remained elusive and disembodied. Today a movement in the bushes attracted my attention as I headed out on my… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: A Sweet Utterance
Regular followers of this blog will be familiar with my passion for and connection with the area of the country I call home: the Sussex Downs. This week is ‘National Parks Week’, so it seems a perfect opportunity to delve a little deeper into where this love affair with my home county and its landscape… Continue reading Sussex, The Downs and I
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!
Are you heading out for a picnic in your part of the world? From city parks to the wilds of remote national parks, there is certainly somewhere close to you where you can get close to nature. That is one of the joys of a picnic! Wherever you go, whether you live there or are… Continue reading It’s National Picnic Week!
“The Rat brought the boat alongside the bank, tied it up, helped awkward Mole safely ashore, and swung out the picnic basket. The Mole begged to be allowed to unpack it all by himself. He took out all the mysterious packets one by one and arranged their contents, gasping ‘Oh my! Oh my!’ at… Continue reading National Picnic Week: 16th – 25th June: The Glorious Adventure