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Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Well, This Is New!

Though I am not a very accomplished photographer, I was beginning to wish I had a camera that could do more than my compact point-and-shoot, or my phone, clever as it is, and to want to understand more about what I was doing. And so, when I found a second-hand dslr on MPB.com, my husband…
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January 16, 2019 0

Containment

Charm for taking a Swarm of Bees For containment. Take earth, and place it Under your right foot, and say I subdue this under my feet, I claim it, look, the power of earth is against all others, against malice, against forgetfulness, and against the multiple charms of other people.’ Then throw it over the…
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January 9, 2019 0

Hell Mend Ye. And Hope

 El DuendeGrief lives in my houselike dry rot infesting the timbers.It has taken up residencein the cellar, where I do not go.I pretend there is no such space.But he sits there, smoking coltsfoot tobacco,and brewing a bitter tisane of rueand wormwood, hyssop and dill.Too much indulgence, he says, in sweet thingslike joy and kindness, all…
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December 19, 2018 2

This Year and Next in the Garden

I have been taking photographs of the garden now that the season has come to an end, with a view to planning for next year. In some ways it has been a lovely year, from the first flowers in spring to the hot summer, which turned out to be so good for the bees and…
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December 14, 2018 0

A Ragbag Post

This is a picture from some time last year. I’ve been a bit preoccupied this week with three family members in hospital – though fortunately two of them are home and thriving now. But I didn’t want to miss a week. I’ve been looking again at Old English healing texts, and I hope there will…
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November 29, 2018 0

A Week Out and About

After all the editing, the funeral and the consequent busyness, we had a week of being away, first to Belfast with my family, then for a few days to Glastonbury. This is the canal in the Avalon Marshes Nature Reserve, with Glastonbury Tor very far off in the distance. We were there principally to see…
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October 26, 2018 0

When Someone Dies

I don’t know what you do, but I clean. I clean everything I can get my hands on, the things that have been bugging me for months, but I haven’t got round to it, the piles of accumulating clutter that only takes a minute, but I never seemed to have time for. I used up…
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September 18, 2018 0

Dyeing with Woad

Full marks if you can see any blue at all. There is enough to encourage me to have another go next year, but not much at all. Woad is very exciting, but complicated, and I think I did everything wrong. The leaves didn’t reach their full potential and were heavily depleted by slugs and caterpillars.…
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September 6, 2018 0

A Change in the Weather

Hellebores, primroses and wind anemones. Finally the wind changed and everything burst into life. I have spent the weekend clearing a ton of ground elder and Spanish bluebells from the borders, replacing the lavender plants that were killed by the frost, and potting on tomatoes and chillis in the greenhouse. The lemon verbena bush has…
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April 25, 2018 0

Winter Violets

Violets do this – flowering randomly any time from October to April. Back in the day there was a whole industry forcing violets to bloom through the winter so that flower girls could sell posies on the streets of London. I have never seen enough violets in bloom at once to make a posy, but…
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November 12, 2017 0