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, …

Sussex Downs

Rucked up and rumpled, more 'ups' than Downs. These soul-worn tops, these ammot-mound-mountains of ours. All foothold and sheep track and lee-of-the-wind. Chalk scarred, tapestried and serenaded, a rise in the land that lifts us to the top of the world. Only the windhover and the lark claim higher. Chanctonbury Hill East, Above Washington. South …

Gardens Month Friday Feature: The Gardening Tourist

Today's photos were taken in yet another fabulous West Sussex garden: that surrounding Parham House near Storrington. Nestled beneath the brooding downs, and surrounded by flint walls and parkland, Parham is a magical - almost isolated - world of wonder. You can read more of my impressions on previous blogs inspired by visits to this …

Gardens Month Friday Feature: The Gardening Tourist

Time for my Gardens Month Friday Feature: The Gardening Tourist. Gardens are the prefect photographers canvas - with seasonal changes, colour, form and texture they are endlessly fascinating. In this series of blogs, each Friday through April I am going to share some of my favourite photos from special gardens I have visited in Sussex …

Downs: A Natural Heritage (World Poetry Day)

Thursday 21st March 2019 is 'World Poetry Day', so here are a few lines inspired by a love for my home county, its landscape, heritage and nature: the Sussex Downs. Downs: A Natural Heritage Bone chalk bruised beneath way-marked graze. The scent of you – woody and thyme filled, blossom haze.Flint nuggets, flat mat black …

Snow Birds

1st February We had just the right amount of snow this weekend; the roads soon cleared but the fields and woods were transformed. The flock of sheep in the meadow next door had sweet scented hay in their feeder down by the gate, but they weren’t worried, they’re hardy mountain breeds whose grandmothers weathered far …

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 …

New Nature & The Quest for Wild Sussex

I've been bursting to share this news with you all week!  I have been given the opportunity of writing a regular column in one of the best magazines (in my humble opinion) currently in publication! Best, because it is innovative, fresh, engaging, stunningly well produced, and all created free of charge by young naturalists (aged …