Wildlife Garden FAQ – Where have all ‘my’ birds gone?

If 2020 has one silver lining it is the resurgence in the popularity and revaluing of our gardens and green spaces. More and more people this year are discovering how wonderful gardens can be for our mental health during difficult times and at the same time, the delights of home grown produce or blooms and …

August Sun

Late summer days last longest up on the rise of hill. Up there against the sky, where the heat of the day vents. Climb steps made from wild flowers names; toadflax, knapweed, yarrow, wild parsnip, breath just molecules in all that wide air. Gaze, small voiced thought; "small wonder then I don't see the hare …

Lammas Fields

This weekend a page turn in the diary brings us to August, and we enter the time of Lammas. Lammas, of 'Loaf-mass' in Old English, is the start of the harvest season, the first of three harvest festivals on the ancient calendar. Fittingly, the harvest of arable crops in the farm fields on my local …

Flowers for friends

Ooph! well, wedding planning for the autumn is getting *com-pli-cat-ed*, thanks to COVID19! So I thought I'd distract myself with a little blog post sharing some of the wildlife friendly plants and gardening efforts I have been making, that have helped attract all those lovely butterflies we looked at in my previous post. If you'll …

Approaching Midsummer – one notebook page away from my favourite time of year.

I was expecting this year to be a momentous one, but never anticipated it would be for the reasons it turned out to be! As we approach midsummer, I’m glad for the opportunity to pause and take a breather, to reach the end of the headlong race that is spring, this year more than most. …

Poem Inspired by Walking This Morning, at The Trundle West Sussex.

A Drop Spindle: Come Cutters (On climbing a hill fort and encountering swifts, on a windy day in early June) We climbed a hill today in sweet June-lightThat wind thrill, silvered grasses, chalk-bright.Below afield, far and broadTown and city spreads, cathedral hoard,Woollen woods and plastic seas,Skylark peals on quickened breeze.The lark ascending, old soul-kindle,Shelley’s muse, …