It’s getting light in the morning now when I leave the house, and the birds are busier each day. Robins and blackbirds are always singing, but great tits, sparrows, starlings crows and magpies are all adding to the livelier atmosphere, and this morning there was a thrush. So spring has started. There’s a lot of… Read More »
Some time ago at an event known as Junk Jam, I met a young singer-songwriter called Neil Stewart. He was very kind about my poetry, and talked about interviewing me for a podcast. Some time passed. Neil is a prolific song-writer, and has been busy recording his own music, producing work for other artists, designing… Read More »
No kidding. I took this photograph this morning. While all the world is wet and cold and cheerless, in the garden this was happening. I hadn’t planned to write about primroses for weeks – not until April in fact, but when I saw these brave blossoms, I had to bump them up the list. I… Read More »
On Saturday 5th April I will be reading at Platform Poetry at the Off the Rails Art Centre in Ladybank, Fife. Off the Rails is a delightful innovative use for the old Stationmaster’s house alongside the railway, but it’s a small room, so please book early. On 26th April at 3:00pm I will be taking part… Read More »
This herb is possibly the opposite of basil. It looks delicate and fragile – it’s silk to parsley’s denim – but it isn’t. It will stand frost and snow. It doesn’t like sun, and it doesn’t mind a bit of shade and damp. It shows very early in the spring, flowers in May, sets seed,… Read More »
In an earlier post I mentioned Charlotte Du Cann’s 52 Flowers that Shook My World You can read extracts from this fascinating book on her blog: http://charlotteducann.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/52-flowers-6-eucalyptus.html.