Local Patch: jumpers at dawn, fairy street-lamps by the ditch.

13th August, and already it feels more like September. I am certain that the year, in the rush to escape the last grasping clutches of the summer's heatwave, has over run and got a whole month ahead of where it should be. Not that I'm complaining however; this is my favourite time of the year, …

Lammastide

August 1st. I walked to work today, taking a route across the common to avoid the busy main roads. I felt the need to spend some time in nature, as thought it were trying to catch my attention over something important I had near forgotten. As my steps dropped into a rhythm of root rock …

Blackthorn Winter

It has felt like we have been poised on the cusp of the seasonal change for weeks. The cold weather we associate with winter lingered long into the 3rd calendar month of the year, and according to the weather forecast, hasn't yet been completely banished to the mysterious artic north. But snow isn't just a …

Patch Watch: What a Lot of Wellie-Weather!

After a relatively dry 2017, the first month of the new year seems to be excited to have discovered rain, and has been enthusiastically demonstrating this day after day. Few bright days have punctuated the curtains of rain, but when they have, they have been glistening gems. We may complain about the wet weather, but …

Happy New Year

A bright sunny morning, and a quiet day to myself. Time to pour a refreshing drink of sparkling water infused with healthy fruit and herbs, shake off that post christmas fuzziness and settle down with pen and paper to plan the coming year. I am getting ahead of the game and drafting out some January …

SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Windblown and Washed Out

I have fallen behind somewhat with this seasonal diary, drifting off in a similar fashion to the way autumn is sinking into the soil under the weight of winters approach. After the first flush of inspiration that came on the winds that turned the leaves to crisp flowerings of golden hues, I have been feeling …

Flock of Solace

I find it interesting to note that to the untrained eye the word solace although derived from Latin, sōlātium - comfort (or sōlārī to console),  appears to contain the same root as the term for sun or solar (from Latin sōlāris, from sōl the sun). Perhaps it is just the perspective of my current experience of longing for brighter days that makes me connect the letters 'sola' …