New Year, New Notebooks, New Lists

There is something tantalising about a new notebook. Clean, unmarked pages, each faint ruled line full of potential. Of the many fillings for notebooks, one of my favourites is lists. Birdwatchers are infamous for keeping lists, a habit which often leads them to be confused in the uninitiated public's eye with twitchers. Let me clarify …

Solstice grey

There'll be no white christmas on the patch this year. After cutting its teeth on a few hard frosty mornings in early in December, winter has already grown up and settled into its monochrome monotony typical of southern England. In fact, there have been moments this week, when stepping out into the drizzle or hearing …