Month: April 2012

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

What Is It We’re Not Seeing?

The title of this post comes from Kathleen Jamie’s book Sightlines, which is one of the best reading experiences I’ve had lately. The others are Rachel Boast’s Sidereal Which I’m reading very slowly so I don’t finish it too soon, and the new magazine Earthlines which is published by Two Ravens Press, and which is…
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April 30, 2012 4

The Week of Appleblossom

This isn’t our appletree. It belongs to our next-door neighbour. We don’t have fruit trees, which I think is a pity, but it’s great for everyone else, because we are the ones you can give your surplus to, and we are very grateful. It’s cherry blossom time too, and there’s a whole avenue of pink…
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April 29, 2012 0

the Week of New Leaves in the Territory of Rain

I didn’t get out and about much last week, what with the showers and with not being very well. While I was in the house, out in the territory, spring was getting busy. Almost all the trees are in leaf, that burning intense green (with undernotes of copper and yellow) that is almost a cure…
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April 23, 2012 1

A Gowk Storm

After the warm lovely days, came frost and snow and hail. Somehow, things kept on growing. We had Easter with all our children and our grand-daughter. Then several of us got sick. In the north-east, a sudden spell of harsh weather in spring is sometimes called a ‘gowk (or cuckoo) storm’. When it’s over you…
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April 18, 2012 0


February The curlew’s first spring songrises from the mud, faint as river mist.Like dragon-fly wings it strengthens, brightens in the budding sun. A bit late – it needed a bit of tidying up!

April 4, 2012 0

The Week of the Butterflies in the Territory of Rain

This was a bad week for somewhere called the territory of rain. There hasn’t been any for days, and in fact the sun has shone solidly. To be short, the spring has been wonderful! There are celandines and cuckoo-flowers We are having the first rhubarb in a crumble for dinner tonight, and there is blossom…
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April 1, 2012 2