North

There is a point in the coming months when I find myself fixated with the idea of North. As the evenings gather round they seem to rumour something of a foreign land of darkness, and if we wake early enough in the morning, we might catch a newly arrived chill testing out its reach in …

I Grew Marigolds

Some blogs are hard to write. Sometimes the tone or the wording can be difficult to achieve, or the subject matter requires some research and careful handling. Sometimes I’m just not sure what it is I’m trying to say. This is one of those. So I’m just going to type what I’m thinking, and hope …

The Pickled Potting Shed

The allotment around late May/early June Tending an allotment plot offers countless delights throughout the year: seeing the first green growth in spring, or the new shoots of seedlings, a deep connection with nature and the seasons. And of course, using your home-grown produce to create delicious food! Now as we reach the end of …

Allotment Diaries

Last week the annual invoice for our allotment fees arrived, and with the deadline unable to wait until next payday, I somewhat reluctantly transferred the required sums. I thought of the weeds and overgrown patches, the gap in the beds where my plans for successional sowing were beaten by summer heat, laziness and other distractions, …

Just to say…

I am currently planning some new content and posts for this blog for the autumn, which I hope you will enjoy! I'll be chatting on all the usual subjects - wildlife gardening, seasonal nature, and allotment notes. Do let me know if theres any topics you'd like to see - local places or events you'd …

The Perfect End to Summer – Holiday Memories to Treasure

You may have noticed things have been a little quiet here on the Sussex Field Notes blog; I've been away - away from the screen and social media, and for a few days even away from home, to-do lists and any cares of the 'real' world. And it's been heaven. Early Friday morning, (was it …

Summer Lull

It has been that time, that point in high summer, when I tend to drop off the boil, only maintaining a low simmer of online activity. A July and August long lull, that seems to coincide with natures own tendency to hesitate on the peak of the season. Air and water alike seem to stagnate …

July

Whilst driving country lanes yesterday, I saw combines working in the fields for the first time this summer - both cereal crops and rapeseed falling under the rotating barrels of scythes, dust rising as thick as the gathering thunderclouds on the horizon. The first corn cut signals the start of the season of plenty. It …

A Break Away…

...and a Return to Home This past week I have been on a little holiday. I travelled through Sussex, into the Weald of Kent. We flow from chalk-crested Downs to drift in the shallows, gentle pasture and tawny fallows, fat fertile clays and sands, draining through seeping wounds; ditches marked by white Willows. Weather board, …

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