May to December
Art / nature

May to December

I’m currently writing a novel that features May Morris in an increasingly central role. As daughter of William Morris, May has often been ignored in favour of her father’s legacy. In part, this was due to May’s own efforts, as she spent years curating her father’s collected works – along with commissioning a house in … Continue reading

Escape the City
nature

Escape the City

When I lived in London, the canals were my favourite place to stay on touch with nature. I’d enjoy walking from Ladbroke Grove to Camden along the canal – and peer at the giraffes on my way way the zoo. Kensington Roof Gardens were another favourite, with beautiful landscaping to make you forget you were … Continue reading

Bright Beauty
nature

Bright Beauty

There’s something particularly joyful about yellow flowers to me. On grey days, the dandelions are a welcome flash of colour. I never realised how lovely they are until I looked closely. Pay attention to the wildflowers around you, even if they’re growing through cracks in the pavement. The dandelions are particularly resilient… Continue reading

Learning From the Land
Grow / nature

Learning From the Land

I’m a big fan of getting outdoors and learning from nature so I was excited to learn about some new research which is being undertaken by Loughborough University. Researchers hope to discover the developmental impact of outdoor learning through Forest Schools. The ‘Forest School’ concept originated in Scandinavia, where schools use woodland areas to hold outdoor … Continue reading

Autumn Nature Spotting
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Autumn Nature Spotting

The flowers may be going to seed but there are still plenty of beautiful things to be seen. Try spotting everything on this list over the course of the week. Autumn Leaves. Whether they’re turning the trees into colourful delights or crunching underfoot, there are beautiful leaves to be seen right now. Squirrels. October is … Continue reading