Monthly Archives: May 2015

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 41 – Coltsfoot

This photograph was taken in early march. Coltsfoot doesn’t look like this now, it’s more like this: the large rather rubbery leaves coming up through the brambles are what you’re looking for. Coltsfoot is one of the earliest flowers to come out in spring, and because the flowers appear before the leaves, it is sometimes… Read More »

Introducing Zoomorphic Magazine

Today  a new online magazine is launched, featuring poems, essays, short prose pieces and reports ‘in celebration and defence of animals’. Edited by Susan Richardson (poetry) and James Roberts (prose), it boasts a site lovely to look at and easy to read. This first issue features poems by, among others, Gillian Prew, jean Atkins, Bridget… Read More »

Heart of the Travelling People – Open Poetry Day

This is what is known as ‘the tinkers’ heart’ on the road near Strachur. It is a place that is very special to the traveller community, and there is a campaign, run by Jess Smith, to have it marked as a place of historic significance. You can see the campaign page here: Saving-the-heart-of-the-Travelling-People. On Saturday… Read More »

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 40 – Wormwood

There are many varieties of wormwood, some big and spawling, turning ragged and unwieldy, and attracting blackfly (which is ironic, considering its reputation as an insect repellant). This one, artemiisa ponticum,  however, is more delicate and dainty, and lacks the abrasive pungency of the more familiar varieties. I have had it in a pot since… Read More »