Month: May 2011

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Artist of the Week – Marja-Leena-Rathje

This weeks artist is the Finnish-Canadian printmaker and photographer Marja-Leena-Rathje Her blog features really stunning photographs of rocks, landscape formationsand natural objects, sometimes stark, sometimes sinuously curved, always beautiful and never twee.


May 31, 2011 0

After the Gales

Last week’s gales caused an awful lot of damage here. We lost two panes of glass from the greenhouse when it was at its worst. The whole house shook and it sounded like armageddon. I don’t remember ever being quite so worried by the wind all the time we’ve been here, though it wasn’t the…
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May 30, 2011 0

Two recommendations

Please Note: One of my projects is to work with the Justice and Peace group of the Archdicese of Edinburgh and St Andrews to develop an environmental perspective on our work, so from time to time there may be posts on this blog which refer explicitly to Catholic teaching on various issues. This is not…
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May 26, 2011 0

Two recommendations

First the serious one. Lush cosmetics are promoting a petition from No One Is Illegal. I know that the shops smell like an explosion in an eight year-olds dressing up box, but Lush really do seem to live up to their ideals, and this about immigration really is an important issue to me. To get…
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May 26, 2011 0

How Bad Are Bananas Mike Berners-Lee – Review

Published 2010 by Profile Books This book is not so much about how to cut your carbon footprint, but attempts in a chatty and informal way to provide a way through the morass of information and misinformation on the subject. It takes many familiar issues – using dishwashers, food miles, flying and so on, analyses…
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May 25, 2011 2

Artist of the Week

I am tinkering once again with the Lúcháir website. I’m much busier now than I was last year, and so some pages are not being updated as much as they really should be. Also, I’m getting better at working out what a web-site can do well and what it can’t, and shifting my focus to…
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May 24, 2011 0

Green Chain Interview

This was posted yesterday, but I removed it when some difficulty arose with contacting green Chain. As the firm have been very prompt and helpful in resolving the issue, Iam very pleased to reinstate it.Turning the heating down by just one degree in your house saves 240kg of CO2 a year. It would take eight…
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May 19, 2011 2

Walking the Territory – Climate and Micro-climates

This is a photograph of the territory of rain in January, when we actually had some, and what there was, was augmented by snowmelt after the hard winter. Normally there is an awful lot of rain, especially in May, which has heavy showers and sunny intervals, so that you dash in and out with the…
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May 17, 2011 0

may garden

Eighteen months ago our garden looked like this:It went through a lot of changes and looked a bit bleak for a whilebut now it looks like this:It has a kitchen gardeneasy access to the pond, without getting too muddy the herb bed got a makeover so it gets more sunand we have a screen to…
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May 11, 2011 5

Hekla’s Country

Polyolbion reminded me about the prograamme on BBC$ tonight about the sagas. It’s part of the Iceland season, which I’m really looking forward to. So here’s a poem I wrote about my trip to Iceland some years ago. It first appeared in Northwords Now in 2008, I think.Hekla’s Country Hekla, ‘the hooded’, stands on the…
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May 10, 2011 0