Month: March 2012

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Happenstance Poets at Stanza

One of the highlights of this year’s StAnza was the Happenstance showcase, launching the pamphlets of three young poets. Richie McCaffery has been on my poets-to-watch list for several years since we were both at Stirling Writers, but this year Theresa Munoz and Niall Campbell joined him when I heard them read in Edinburgh and…
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March 30, 2012 2

This Week in the Territory of Rain – Equinox

Winter is over and summer is comeand the sound of the lawn-mower is heard in the land. I caught a glimpse of a blackbird hen trying to get about three feet of grass stem into the hedge this week. I am fairly certain there is a dunnock nesting there, as well as a colony of…
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March 25, 2012 0


On Sunday we were at the Dungavel Solidarity Gathering for Mothers’ Day. It was cold. It is always cold there. There were more protesters than policemen this time, including two MSPs from the Scottish Nationalist Party. They can’t close it down, much as they’d like to; they can’t even get answers to their questions, because…
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March 20, 2012 0

The Thirsty Gap – for Climate Change Week

This time last year, I posted about an article I’d read in the New Civil Engineer (no kidding, I’m married to a civil engineer, and it was lying about), saying that 60% of all cities in Western Europe were using up groundwater faster than it was being replaced. This year we have hosepipe bans in…
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March 15, 2012 1

The Garden in March

I have borrowed a camera from my daughterjust in time to show you how the garden is behaving. The herbs are always quickest to start – someone said they have the souls of weeds, which give them incredible vigour and hardiness (translated, means they get out of hand very easily!), and the thyme which you…
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March 14, 2012 0