Month: January 2014

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 4 – Winter Savory

I picked the right herb for this week! Although the snowdrops are out, and the birds are already competing for their nesting territories, there’s a cold East wind and the sky has that bleached heavy quilted look that says it’s going to snow. The forecast seems to think that down here by the river we’ll…
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January 31, 2014 0

Half a Hundred herbs week 3 – Basil

Goodness this is late! What with a migraine, wordpress taking all afternoon to update and an adventure with podcasting I’ll be talking about later this week, somehow time got away with me.However, here we are. And I know that basil is by no stretch of the imagination a herb for winter. It’s an annual, not…
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January 26, 2014 1

Half a Hundred Herbs – the writing

Every time you go into a bookshop you can find books about herbs – growing, cooking, remedies, aromatherapy or cosmetics. But it seems to me that for the most part, (there are honourable exceptions. I mentioned some in a previous post and I’d be delighted to hear of more), these books are shinier pages, more…
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January 14, 2014 2

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 2 – Thyme

This is a rather romantic picture I took several years ago of thyme in flower. Bees love it, and the whole bush is alive with their neat brown buzzing in the summer. Actually the thyme in my garden is much more battered, weather worn and badly pruned than this, and the best specimen I have…
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January 13, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs week 1- Rosemary

  This is Twelfth Night, and all the Christmas decorations are down. There was a little holly and ivy, but also small sprays of bay and rosemary – as well as the normal glitter, tinsel, glass, and candles – which were traditional until at least the Puritan banning of Christmas celebrations. I grew up with…
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January 6, 2014 2