Category Archives: Walking the territory

April in the Territory of Rain

This is not really a typical month, as it has certainly not been the territory of rain. There hasn’t been any serious rain all month, and not much in March. The pond is low and I’m already watering things that I wouldn’t usually need to worry about until June. On the other hand, until last… Read More »

The Year on the Turn

Not a great picture, but the best I could do at the time. We have hit that time of year. The children are back at school, the rowans are red – though the birds don’t seem too bothered just yet – and there are geese overhead in the twilit sky. These are not the migratory… Read More »

Lavender’s blue

Well, you’d think, wouldn’t you. But sometimes lavender can look like this – lavender stoechas, possibly ‘Avignon’ or this Which is lavender rosea, or this which is lavender alba. They are all flowering their lovely heads off, and I’ve taken cuttings. With luck there will be some to share with poets at the Callander Poetry… Read More »

Summer in the Garden

The gallica rose is in full bloom, but it is soaking wet. After a lovely fortnight, the summer is cold and rainy, and the whole garden is lush and dripping. The strawberries have all been eaten by the sparrows and starlings, but there are gooseberries and blackcurrants aplenty. The angelica is setting seeds in flower-heads… Read More »

Merry is Maytime

Or it was. The last few weeks have been delightful, warm and sunny. This week has been cooler and cloudy, and today the only word for it is dreich. But the garden has bulked out, and I’ve already harvested and dried sage and thyme for the winter. And I’ve achieved an ambition I’ve had for… Read More »

Winter Settles In

A House for Winter The sky opens blue windows between shutters of grey cloud. Winter peers in. Brittle sunshine slants between skeletonised trees, thin relict leaves at twig tips. A breath of frost melts on the cold frame, split curls of seedpods glued to the glass. The dark glassy river is choked with panes of… Read More »

This is the Territory of Rain

It is king here and it is showing us who’s boss. Fortunately yesterday was dry, and the tide was shallow. But there’s more rain to come. For the moment at least, all living is by negotiation with flows and falls of water. Not to mention, moving about. I hope you are all dry, warm and… Read More »

Back from the Holidays

While the English are still in the middle of their summer holidays, our school-children are going back to school today. Disappointing as this is, when the weather has only just improved, there does seem to be an appropriate feel to it. The blue tits are back in the garden, there’s a grey squirrel pinching the… Read More »