Month: April 2017

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

April in the Territory of Rain

This is not really a typical month, as it has certainly not been the territory of rain. There hasn’t been any serious rain all month, and not much in March. The pond is low and I’m already watering things that I wouldn’t usually need to worry about until June. On the other hand, until last…
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April 29, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs – the Indications

Now these nine herbs * prevail against nine demons, against nine poisons * and nine epidemics, against the red plague * against the foul plague, against the white plague * against the blue plague, against the yellow plague * against the green plague, against the brown plague * against the lingering plague, against the harm…
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April 26, 2017 0

Low Carbon Conference in Stirling

Interesting things I heard yesterday at the Low-Carbon Conference held in the Iris Murdoch Centre at Stirling University: the tools you build to look for stuff shape not only what you find, but the way you then look at the world at large. It isn’t just finding what you expect or want to find, it…
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April 20, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs 8 and 9 Thyme and Fennel

Two for the price of one this time.     Thyme and fennel, * all-powerful both The Lord wisely * shaped these herbs Holy in heaven * where he hung Established and sent them * into the seven kingdoms To heal the rich * and the poor alike They will stand against pain, * they…
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April 18, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs 7 Crab apple

I live in a village which keeps the last remnants of ancient monastic orchards, and we still have a lot of fruit trees. When I first came here, ‘plundering’  was a regular amusement for boys from across the river, and you would find dropped apples on the bridge wherever some irate gardener had chased them.…
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April 5, 2017 0