Public Service Announcement

This, is your annual reminder - Don't light up, and don't let go! In autumn we blaze against the shortening daylight by sparking lights of our own. The raking of leaves, pruning of trees and general tidying up of gardens is a perfect excuse for a bonfire; on all Hallows Eve we fight our fear …

Notebook Entries

Throughout the week I post on Facebook or Instagram, inspired by daily interactions with nature, the view from my window, or other things that catch my eye. Incase you have missed any of them, here is a curated selection of my regular notes. Tuesday 12th November Autumn came with a wind and a careTo strip …

The Autumn Garden

Welcome to autumn, the season of fruitfulness! How was your summer? I hope it was filled with wild adventures and wonderful experiences. Now the countryside is filled with signs of seasonal change as trees take on golden hues and flowers begin to fade. Our gardens are following this trend too, and it is easy to …

What to Look for in Nature – October & November

After the Autumn Equinox at the end of September, all lingering echoes of summer finally fade. In my mind, October is the truest month of autumn. This is the time when the paint pallet changes its hues from greens to russets and deep gold, and nature’s full bounty can be enjoyed. November brings the frosts …

National Poetry Day

Autumn Park (The Year A Day Older) Wasp browses grazes dozes around the ripe-burst plums. Bloom-blushed skins split and weeping, sugars congealing around the edges of wounds. Wasp visits the apples too, that lie bruised and unloved in knotted grass. Schoolboy still in grey flannel shorts, pockets filled with fluff and electronic stuff. Mine bulge …

One From the Archives: Harvesting the Delight of Parham

[One from the archives, originally posted Sunday, 27 September 2015 sophiecosussex.blogspot.com/] Harvesting the delight of Parham "Welcome to the true heart of England, and of Sussex." The voices of the land seemed to speak to me, "Take your time, linger, let us ensnare you. Perhaps you'll never leave." As a child, I read many a fairy …

What to Look For in Nature: September

September. The month that brings new school shoes, squalls and storms, the sense of a new season, and… the return of the ‘What to Look for’ blog series! As we feel our way back from summer holidays and settle into fresh yet comfortingly familiar routines, it can become suddenly startling how fast the year has …