My Weedy Eden – Allotment Nature Diaries

The Cutty Garden has always been as much about the wildlife that I share the allotment plot with, as it has been about filling plates or vases. My own patch of nature reserve where I can observe, and maybe even help support, wild things and their intricate lives. Late spring is always a busy time …

The scale of shrews

Late-March. It’s cold, and I'm craving spring. Spring colours too; sunshine yellow, baby pink and pastel blue. If Imbolc at the start of last month was the 'first showing', the difference to day length and the rise of the sun is now undeniable. This is the point where the year, after slumbering through the dark …

Love in a box

Theres no place like home. We've all discovered the truth in that saying in the past year! One of the silver linings of us all spending much more time at home was the opportunity to feather our nests - perhaps a deep clean behind the fridge (eeww...), maybe we splashed out on some new soft …

Feeding Garden Birds – from your kitchen to their tables…

The festive season and feasting go hand in hand. Christmas is notorious for triggering over-eating and over-buying. Come January, our winter-vitamin-deficient bodies are craving green, fresh foods - and anyway, more than half of us are on some kind of self-imposed diet! It is estimated that every Christmas, around 270,000 tons of food is wasted …

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 …

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, …