Monthly Archives: October 2015

The World Outside Opens

Wind Changing A north-east wind rises, bringing with it the rattle like promised rain of dry birch leaves along the dusty pavement. At night, ripe rain breaks like a wave on the weathered shore of our slates. Roof-beams creak and settle in their berths. The crowded leaves of ash and beech disperse. Light pours through… Read More »

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 46 Yarrow

Yarrow is a tough herb which grows in hedgerows, fields, lawns, rocky hillsides, and frankly anywhere it can get the chance. It is not remotely particular in any way, flowering almost constantly ad holding its green feathery leaves through all but the most severe weather. In the wild it is a dull off-white – not… Read More »

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 45 – Hawthorn

There is a belt of trees on the riverbank. Some of them are covered with ivy and intertwined with wild roses: At this time of year they are a magnificent sight. There are blackbirds and thrushes most of the year round, chaffinches, robins and wrens, and most of the time the magpies jackdaws and rooks… Read More »