Patch Watch: February 15th, Bumblebee and Bullfinches

I have taken to walking often on the heathland. I leave work for an hour at lunchtime, follow the path through the wood and cross the busy main road. As soon as the gate clunks shut softly behind me, I am in a different world. For a short time I can put all thoughts of …

Harvest Triumphs 

With the Harvest moon lingering bright and resonant in the October skies, the bountiful season of gathering-in is drawing to a close, and the shortening of the days is becoming more obvious with every passing morning. Thoughts are turning, as the leaves turn, to battening the hatches for winter. On the allotment we are taking …

Widdershins: National Poetry Day

Happy #NationalPoetryDay! 28th September is national poetry day, a celebration of a rich culture of language, imagery and expression. I find that autumn is a season steeped in poetic inspiration. In the spirit of 'here's one I made earlier', I thought today would be the perfect occasion to share this poem I wrote inspired by …

#NationalPicnicWeek: My Favourite Picnicing Spots!

Do you have a favourite picnic place? Maybe it’s somewhere you discovered recently, or is full of memories of childhood holidays. The brilliance of picnics is you can have one anywhere! Here are a few personal favourites…   Back in time Heathlands offer a portal back to a time when we relied on the resources …

National Picnic Week: 16th – 25th June: The Glorious Adventure

  "The Rat brought the boat alongside the bank, tied it up, helped awkward Mole safely ashore, and swung out the picnic basket. The Mole begged to be allowed to unpack it all by himself. He took out all the mysterious packets one by one and arranged their contents, gasping 'Oh my! Oh my!' at …

#30DaysWild – of rescues, raindrops and rhymes

Days 5 and 6 of #30DaysWild have been a mixed up, muddled up, jumble of moments. Both days have been a cocktail of sun and rain; heavy rain that pelted the skylight in the living-room roof and angered the roadside ditches until they were swollen and swirling, and blinding brilliance of sun magnified through a …

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