nature

Seasonal Sunsets

As summer draws to a close*, it’s easy to mourn the imminent passing of blue skies, sunshine and butterflies fluttering by. However, the onset of Autumn needn’t be a time of despondency. While the sun may not be shining quite so much, there are still glorious sunsets to enjoy. OK, so some summer sunrises gave […]

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Art, Eat, Gift, Grow, nature

The Countryside Show

On a bank holiday, what could be better than getting into the countryside and eating tasty food while admiring the work of expert craftspeople? It’s my idea of heaven, at least, so when I saw an ad for the Countryside Show at Beacon Hill, Leicestershire, I had to get tickets. There were numerous demonstrations from sheepdog […]

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Art, nature, Storytelling

Cloudwatching

I’ve sometimes been accused of having my head in the clouds, and it’s fair to say I take the occasional flight into fairyland. Luckily, I’m far from the only one and there are others such as @CloudAppSoc and @Stormhour on Twitter who share my love of clouds. I recently found a childhood school project detailing […]

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Art, nature

Growing the Rainbow

After a few weeks, my phone is filling up with flower images that I’ve collected for #Rainbowblooms (Sundays 11am-6pm GMT). I love the beautiful diversity of flowers. I’ve also started to notice more and more details as I take more photographs: stamen fascinate me. They are so different and so beautiful. The colours are changing […]

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nature

Walking With Alpacas

I am not sure why I first decided I wanted to walk with alpacas. I think the desire to learn more about camelids may have started when I saw a llama standing next to a sign warning about ducks crossing in Wittering. I later saw a place offering the chance to walk alpacas in the […]

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Eat, Gift, Grow, nature

Autumn Days

I have always loved Autumn. I blame the hymn Autumn Days which we sang at school: Autumn days when the grass is jewelled and the silk inside a chestnut shell. Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled, All these things I love so well. Aside from the jet plane mention, which confused me then […]

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Eat, Gift, Grow, nature, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Respect Your Elder

As foraging season comes into its own, the hedgerows along the canal are bursting with elderberries. Having missed the window for elderflower champagne making this year, I was determined not to miss out on making elderberry port too. The process is simple enough – at least once you’ve discovered the secret weapon for easy elderberry […]

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