Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

The First Colours

Here they are, my first dyed yarns. It’s been an exciting time. I was lucky enough to find dyestuffs locally – acorns, a branch off a cherry tree, which I stripped to make bark chippings, and, most unexpected of all, some privet berries. Most privet bushes are clipped within a inch of their lives, don’t…
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November 3, 2017 1

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

In June Mandy Haggith recommended this book to me, saying it was one I must read, and she was right. When I wrote Ways of Knowing I was looking for a way of thinking about and transmitting knowledge that would encompass both the academic and the intuitive ways we get to know about the world…
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October 27, 2017 0

Colouring the Autumn

Not quite so big on poetry this week, though the outlines of my ‘red yellow blue’ project are falling into place. The herb beds are getting cleared and rearranged so that plants have more room to spread themselves about. All the plants I have moved seem to be thriving and the violets have even thrown…
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October 16, 2017 0


It’s been a busy time, and as befits the equinox, it’s been divided between wrapping up old projects and planning something new. I’ve been doing a few readings. This is a picture from the Falkirk Storytelling Festival (picture by Sweet P of the Write Angle), a great event, and one of four I’ve been at…
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October 2, 2017 0

Winter is Coming

The robins are active in the garden, and though there are still swallows and housemartins about, last week there was the winter landfall of starlings all in their speckled feathers. The first geese are about, and the black-headed gulls have their white winter heads on. The summer windowboxes are almost done, and yesterday I planted…
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September 14, 2017 0

Red Yellow Blue

This plant is tansy. It’s a terrible thrawn persistent weed, but it yields a dye that makes interesting shades of yellow and green. Ever since Alice Oswald’s talk abut translating colours in Greek texts, I’ve been thinking on and off, about how we perceive and respond to colour. There has even been some debate on…
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August 23, 2017 0

What I’ve Been Reading

I had some thoughts about writing ‘poet of the month’ posts, and I had a list of poets I wanted to read, or re-read, and talk about. But life, as it does, intervened, and I haven’t done any of them apart from Jim Carruth, whose post you can see here. I have been reading a…
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August 16, 2017 2

Changing Seasons

While demand for power is relatively low, the turbines at the Corra Linn Fall are turned off so you can see them at their best. So we did. We took our grand-daughter, and we picked wild raspberries and blaeberries, spotted new pine and fir cones, wild flowers, emerging mushrooms and interesting stones – a really…
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August 9, 2017 0


This is my local ‘haggard’ where the nine haggard herbs in my own charm poem – elder, hawthorn, yarrow, clover, comfrey, dandelion, wild rose, plantain and bramble – live. Last year a conservation group added ragged robin (which has gone over) ox-eye daisies and those rich purple knapweeds. I’m not sure what I think about…
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July 26, 2017 0

July in the Territory of Rain

The stock bed in my garden has hit its stride, and is full of colour and joy. I’ll be harvesting marigold flowers, poppy seeds, lemon verbena, mint and yarrow, and taking cuttings of anything I can manage over the next week. And in the woodland bit, which is usually quiet at this time of year,…
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July 20, 2017 0