Month: May 2012

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

The Week of the Baby Birds

Last week’s starlings have found their wings, and now they are all over the garden like joy-riders, scaring the wits out of the magpies, who are behaving more like grumpy old men than the ruthless predators they are reputed to be. Their own babies, however, hatched last week and they’ll go after anything. I saw…
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May 31, 2012 0

The Testament of Chretien de Chergé

The Testament of Christian de Cherge. He and six fellow monks were kidnapped on 21st May 1996 and later killed in Algeria. In this document Fr Christian not only forgave his killers, but wanted to stress his love for the people of Algeria, and his refusal to blame them or the followers of Islam. It…
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May 21, 2012 2

The Week the Wind Changed

May EveningAir quivers with rain.The Ochils hide behindwalls of new leaves. Since that evening, the rain has stopped, the sun has come out, and the forecast for the week says gardening. There is much more green about. A nest full of starlings fledged while I was hanging out the washing. I could hear a lot…
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May 20, 2012 0

Lilies for Your Soul

Well, obviously not lilies, but aquilegias, which are just coming through in the garden now. They don’t look like this, now. Aquilegias hybridise like anything, so you’re never sure what you’re going to get. So far, the flowers this year are smaller and a paler pink and white – I’ve never had white ones before…
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May 15, 2012 0

The Week of the Goldfinches

Last week was mostly cold, mostly wet. The two bright spots were the greenhouse, where everything is maturing nicely, even the courgettes and pumpkins coming through when I expect them, and the goldfinches. A few months ago I moved my desk into the window so I could work in the light, and it has been…
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May 11, 2012 0

What Is It I’m Not Seeing?

There are two answers to this, one of which is long, rambling and phiosophical. It will tae some work before I inflict that one on the blog-reading public! But there is also an answer which is more practical and concrete, and ready to my mind. Short answer, of course, is ‘a hell of a lot!’…
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May 7, 2012 0

As I Roved Out on a Bright May Morning

For the first time since I got ill, I went for a territory walk on May Day. The wind was cold, but the sun was bright, and, although I had (and still do have) a lot to catch up on, I couldn’t sit in the house. Although the first part of the walk is a…
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May 3, 2012 0