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The Charm of Nine Herbs (2) Plantain

I can’t believe I didn’t have a photo of plantain when I first wrote this post. It’s everywhere, and you would think it would be somewhere in the wayside photos I’d been taking, but no, not once. But here is a photo I took later of a round-leaved plantain, flourishing even in the frost. And…
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November 17, 2016 0

Remembering

It’s that day again. In other years I have posted about the men I knew who were in the world wars and rejected the war-time ethos – the fighter pilot in World War 1 who took his payload of bombs and dropped them on a quiet field somewhere, because, he said, ‘You can’t go round…
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November 11, 2016 2

The Charm of Nine Herbs – (1) Mugwort

I was hoping the Old English Lacnunga would translate into a good poem for Haggards, but it really doesn’t. I might write my own Charm of Nine Herbs at some point, but while I was working at the original, I have done some research that might be interesting. The link I’ve given is to a…
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November 7, 2016 2

Penn State Garden

In my research for my version of the Old English Charm of Nine Herbs, I came across this site. It’s full of well-researched and fascinating information, which I’m sure will be of value to anyone who followed the Half a Hundred Herbs project. Penn State Medieval Garden Give it a glance – you’ll love it!


November 2, 2016 0

Healing Threads

Healing Threads by Mary Beith is now out of print, but you can still sometimes find it in second hand bookshops, though it isn’t cheap if you look on-line. My copy was from the wonderful Kings Bookshop in Callander, and was a real bargain. It isn’t a herbal as we might have come to expect,…
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October 26, 2016 0

A Week Among Islands

This is the view from a walk up to Dunollie Castle near Oban, looking at Kerrera, where we did not go, while we were on holiday last week. We did, however, go to Lismore, which you can just see in the distance, and saw this: which, much as it looks like a strange rock formation,…
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October 18, 2016 2

Poetry Day

National Poetry Day at GoMA Library Queen Street Glasgow G1 3AH Thursday 6 October 2.30-5.30pm Come and celebrate National Poetry Day with the Federation of Writers (Scotland) at their usual venue either as audience or as reader. The theme is ‘messages’ in all senses and since a poem itself is a message there’s plenty of…
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September 29, 2016 0

Melissa Officinalis

Poetica Botanica This is the link to the Poetica Botanica project I was involved in earlier this summer at Ledbury Poetry Festival. If you scroll down the page you will come to my poem, Melissa Officinalis, but also to a sound recording of me reading it, made during the festival. You can hear how long…
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September 14, 2016 1

The Charm of Nine Herbs

I’ve been making a translation of the Old English Lacnunga, usually translated as The Charm of Nine Herbs. This glamorous one is mugwort ‘the first and the oldest of herbs’. The best guess of what the nine herbs are (and this is in serious dispute) is: mugwort plantain stonecrop nettle betony (possibly cockspur grass, but…
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September 12, 2016 2

The Year on the Turn

Not a great picture, but the best I could do at the time. We have hit that time of year. The children are back at school, the rowans are red – though the birds don’t seem too bothered just yet – and there are geese overhead in the twilit sky. These are not the migratory…
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August 26, 2016 0