Month: July 2014

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Poem Archaeology

I was digging through a file called poetry dump and I found this. Not my usual sort of thing, and perhaps a bit obscure, but what do you think? Runes for a New Millennium after Havamal, from the Poetic Edda I pulled all-nighters to get the job done. Between the Java and the Red Bull…
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July 31, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 29 – Borage

This was taken at Culross back in April, at a time when I was looking sideways at my garden wondering if I would have any borage at all this year. I need not have worried. This is what it looks like now.You can see some marigolds behind, struggling to breathe, and there are poppies in…
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July 30, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 28 – Hyssop

Hyssop is a relative of rosemary and lavender, which means it is strongly scented, and likes things hot and dry, and not too rich. For years I had problems with it dying off over the winter, because it got too wet underfoot for its liking, so now I make sure I have plants overwintering in…
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July 24, 2014 0

Dark Mountain Issue 5

In a recent blog post, Paul Kingsnorth, one of the founders of the Dark Mountain Project wrote: At the time and on the surface, what I thought I was doing was quite simple:  I was starting a new literary movement. With Dougald, my co-conspirator and soon-to-be friend, I had written a strange little manifesto, which…
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July 23, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 27 Meadowsweet

This must be a photo from previous years, because this year these particular plants have been hit by mildew. Fortunately there are others, so I have already dried dome of those gilt flossy flowers to use in herb tea for flu, a soothing cream for aching joints and for an interesting moisturiser I found in…
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July 17, 2014 2

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 26 Lavender

This plant is the highlight of the year as far as I am concerned. It’s got colour, scent and chutzpah. It’s good for cooking, perfume, medicine, and an insect repellant. Bees and butterflies love it, and it makes my heart sing. It’s all downhill after the lavender finishes —I went a bit overboard when I…
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July 15, 2014 2

Summer, Summer

We have been to Scarborough with all our family, four children, and two grand-daughters – it was hard work, but fun. We had a lovely house with enough space for everyone to spread out, and we had great weather – most of the time! But now we are back and my truanting has caught me…
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July 13, 2014 1