Happy Hallowe’en

The period from the end of October into early November has long been a special time in our part of the northern hemisphere. In the Roman Catholic church, 1st November is All Saints’ day. For the pre-Christian inhabitants of the British Isles it was known as...

Looking back at 2020

2020 was the year when everything changed. It was the year in which the skies cleared. Hardly any contrails. Sunrises and sunsets were breathtakingly clear and beautiful. We heard birdsong, louder than most of us could remember. There was concern about an unknown...

5 for 65

The lockdown has been a strange experience so far. While we are physically restricted to our homes, other things have been released. In our part of the heavily populated English midlands, I never expected the loudest noise around to be the birdsong. The air feels like...

Consider the coronavirus, part 1

I love the word ‘consider’. It comes from the latin con, meaning ‘with’ and sider -the stars. A good place to start for an overview, I feel. For those of us who haven’t succumbed to the virus itself, it has had two major consequences. The first is that most of us are...

The holiday is over

Who would have imagined, in December 2019, that we would witness the collapse of the holiday industry a few months later. In 2020 we can’t even go out for a day trip, let alone a holiday in another region or country. Which prompted a ponder: why do people go on...

What can a garden be?

This post is a ponder about what a garden can be – for us, and for the other inhabitants of planet Earth that live in the area. This is a big and sometimes controversial subject, so please take this writing as exploration rather than answers. All discussion that...