Author: Elizabeth

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

When Someone Dies

I don’t know what you do, but I clean. I clean everything I can get my hands on, the things that have been bugging me for months, but I haven’t got round to it, the piles of accumulating clutter that only takes a minute, but I never seemed to have time for. I used up…
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September 18, 2018 0

Dyeing with Woad

Full marks if you can see any blue at all. There is enough to encourage me to have another go next year, but not much at all. Woad is very exciting, but complicated, and I think I did everything wrong. The leaves didn’t reach their full potential and were heavily depleted by slugs and caterpillars.…
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September 6, 2018 0

Ivy on the Poetry Path at Corbenic

This has just gone up on the Corbenic Poetry Path near Dunkeld. It is in a beautiful spot, overlooking the River Braan. It was inspired by my poem Ivy: Ivy It is the vigour that amazes –the lithe sprawl over the rockery,the spring and spurt up telegraph poles.Stems in pin feather up as fastas April’s hatchlings,…
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August 22, 2018 0

The Colour of Memory

This blog piece is quite late as I had two days out of action with some virus or other, so a lot of garden jobs and dye jobs did not get done. But it did give me some quiet time to think more about the next random writing projects. Several conversations about the past have…
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August 18, 2018 0

Summer Reading

The good thing about having finished a book is that you can feel free to read what you like, and this summer it has been a very random selection – cookery books, books about trees, a lot of short stories, this historical adventure – the first of a trilogy and almost everything else that has…
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August 9, 2018 0

Natural Callander, Pamphlet Poetry and the Poetry Path

I’ve had a busy week! On Thursday, I was at Natural Callander, an event in the Callander Summerfest, reading poems on the theme of the natural world alongside my friends Sally Evans, Charlie Gracie, and Helen McLaren, and with additional poems from George Colkitto, Finola Scott, Ann Murray and people who had attended a workshop…
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July 31, 2018 0

A Welsh Herb Garden

At Ty Mawr, there is a herb garden, filled with herbs that would have been in common use in the local area in the sixteenth century. It was designed with the same loving care as the one at Kilmartin, which I visited and wrote about last year, but the dry weather left it looking a…
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July 25, 2018 0

A Visit to Wales

This is the reason we went to Wales – the narrow gauge railways. This one is the Tallyllyn woodland trail, a very pleasant trip. We did two railways, three castles, two historic houses, and three waterfalls, including the Swallow Falls at Betws y Coed. We also visited Ty Mawr Wybrnant, a sixteenth century drovers’ inn,…
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July 19, 2018 0

The Territory of Summer

This is no longer the territory of rain – at least for now. There hasn’t been a summer like this since about August 1994 – which is when I wrote a journal post that became this: Sunlight hits a blow to the head, and the sky is molten, carved by the screaming flight of swifts…
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June 28, 2018 0

Away Days

Last week I read in Sheffield at the lovely Writers in the Bath, alongside a New England poet, David Troupes, whose website you can find here: http://www.buttercupfestival.com/. It was a good night, warm and friendly, and I heard more about the tree protests from Jennifer Hockey who was arrested during a dawn raid at one one…
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June 20, 2018 0