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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

What I’m Reading in August

A couple of weeks ago we went to see the Celts exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (fascinating, and on until the 25th September if you haven’t seen it), and so I’ve been reading The Celts by Nora Chadwick. It is an old book – I got it in a secondhand bookshop – and…
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August 21, 2016 0

Holidays

I’m out and about this week, so there won’t be much in the way of a regular post. I’ll be back next week with brief notes on the Edinburgh Festivals. Meantime, enjoy the last of the holidays.


August 11, 2016 0

Grounded Poetics – Coleridge’s Frost at Midnight

The Frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind. And so begins my favourite poem by Coleridge. When I was younger I liked Coleridge’s poems better than Wordsworth’s – the language so much more precise, the imagery more vivid, the pace more varied and the tone so much less didactic. Now I am not…
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August 4, 2016 0

What I’m Reading

I’ve always had a thing about wrens. I think it may have had something to do with being small myself, and the fact that wrens were usually known as ‘jenny’, which was something of a rarity in the macho bird-watching culture I grew up in. Later I rather liked the fact that they are pretty…
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July 29, 2016 0

Lavender’s blue

Well, you’d think, wouldn’t you. But sometimes lavender can look like this – lavender stoechas, possibly ‘Avignon’ or this Which is lavender rosea, or this which is lavender alba. They are all flowering their lovely heads off, and I’ve taken cuttings. With luck there will be some to share with poets at the Callander Poetry…
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July 22, 2016 0

Summer in the Garden

The gallica rose is in full bloom, but it is soaking wet. After a lovely fortnight, the summer is cold and rainy, and the whole garden is lush and dripping. The strawberries have all been eaten by the sparrows and starlings, but there are gooseberries and blackcurrants aplenty. The angelica is setting seeds in flower-heads…
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July 6, 2016 0

Vernal Equinox Prize Giving

I’ve had this notice from the Federation of Writers (Scotland). The AGM will be held on Tuesday 28 June 7pm (please note later start from the one projected in the last newsmail) with the prize-giving to follow at 8.00pm at the Victoria Bar Tron Theatre. Prizewinners who are also Federation members are urged to attend…
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June 17, 2016 0

Settle by Theresa Munoz

This book, Theresa Munoz’ first full collection, is published by Vagabond Voices, and has been attracting a fair bit of attention in the wider media, because of its timely dealing with the theme of migration. Theresa Munoz was born in Canada, but became a British citizen in 2014, and the first section of the book…
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May 3, 2016 1

April Already

I have been slack this year, and the garden is only just beginning to get the attention it needs, but the chives are growing lush and strong. The knot garden is looking a bit battered – I lost four santolinas, which is a thing I never remember happening before, and I’ve already replaced two rosemary…
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April 20, 2016 0