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Anyone singing Let It Snow should be locked up!

A short, (not serious) rant on Let It Snow, and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. This time of year, we are bombarded with ‘festive’ songs, and the high streets are bedecked with lights and the shops with tinsel. And that’s great. Though I did find myself in the weird situation, one day last week, … Continue reading Anyone singing Let It Snow should be locked up!

New garden advice – tis the season to plan before you plant

December may not seem a natural time to plan a new garden, if you live in northern climes. But if you've just moved house or want to ring changes, it's a great time to sit down with a mug of coffee and a notebook – and plan before you plant Here are a few Down … Continue reading New garden advice – tis the season to plan before you plant

Not everything in the garden is rosy – a piece on classy weeds

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever; Its loveliness increases.” The poet John Keats may have admired musk-rose blooms and trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon For simple sheep, but beauty can come at a cost to the natural environment. The first time I visited New Zealand, I was amazed at the … Continue reading Not everything in the garden is rosy – a piece on classy weeds

Is the truth always important, or should sleeping dogs be allowed to lie?

I was recently given a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings collected by a late great-aunt. Stories relating to family members, but in the main relating to people she knew in the village where she grew up. One is an account of a famous sportsman being involved in a car accident in the village. A search online … Continue reading Is the truth always important, or should sleeping dogs be allowed to lie?

Brief Encounter – without Rachmaninov

The 1945 classic Brief Encounter is one of my all-time favourite movies, so I couldn't resist this as an alternative title for a short story about – well, a brief encounter. The setting isn't a railway station buffet and my 'movie' (animated by my best friend, using the amazing PowToons software) isn't all "terribly, terribly." … Continue reading Brief Encounter – without Rachmaninov

Season of mellow fruitfulness – and lots of cobwebs

It’s that ‘in-between’ time of year at the moment. It’s 17ºC in the afternoon sun, I’ve just picked two dozen raspberries, the gazania are only just (finally!) coming into flower, and most trees are still green. But, there’s a nip in the air when the sun goes down, the days feel so much shorter, and … Continue reading Season of mellow fruitfulness – and lots of cobwebs