Monthly Archives: June 2016

One Square at a Time


There is a lot of weather going round at the moment, physically and metaphysically. Since I’m talking about squares, forgive the play on words, though the round in my first sentence ought really to be around. Poetic licence. There is a deal of … Continue reading

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Nature Journal 6: Buttercups and Herb Robert


Buttercup “The common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) bears among rustics in the midland counties the vulgar name of “Crazy,” for which, until lately, I could never account; but it would appear that this meadow plant is considered an “insane herb” by … Continue reading

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Nature Journal 5: Hawkweed, Hawkbit


“Coles tells us respecting the Eyebright how “Divers authors write that goldfinches, linnets, and some other birds make use of this herb, for the repairing of their own and their young ones’ sight. The purple and yellow spots and stripes … Continue reading

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Nature Journal 4: Dog Daisies


“Against another wall were white apple blossoms on branches cut into sharp crucifixes and forced to lie flat against the stone. Below, the huge frilled lips of giant tulips in shades of white and cream nodded in their beds. They … Continue reading

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Nature Journal 3: Red Campion


    Alfred Deller:  “Shall I Come, Sweet Love, to Thee” – Thomas Campion Shall I come, sweet Loue, to thee When the eu’ning beames are set? Shall I not excluded be? Will you finde no fained lett? Let me … Continue reading

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Keeks June 2016


“Name the different kinds of people,’ said Miss Lupescu. ‘Now.’ Bod thought for a moment. ‘The living,’ he said. ‘Er. The dead.’ He stopped. Then, ‘… Cats?’ he offered, uncertainly.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

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Nature Journal 2: Foxgloves


“The second reason is, that imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. It is the sign of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing … Continue reading

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Nature Journal 1: Cow Parsley


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Visual Journal 5: Going Feral, the Longship and the Feather


Going Feral explains my long silences between blog posts – I’ve gone it (feral), which means reconnecting more profoundly with nature. Feather is the feather in the image. It’s a feather from a young gull, I think. Enlighten me if I’m … Continue reading

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