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Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

50 Years Ago

Robert MacFarlane was talking on Twitter this week about herbals, and asked if anyone had one or used one, so I said I had made one and then I thought it might be interesting to show you mine. I suppose it is fifty years ago, give or take, since I created my first herbal. You…
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July 4, 2019 0

Inspired By Herbs

Last month I began a series of letters called Inspired By Herbs. It includes a featured herb, and a related poetry prompt. Here is an extract from the first, inspired by chickweed: Latin name stellaria media. Other English names bird’s eye, chickensmeat,  cluckenweed, mischievous jack, skirt buttons, tongue grass, murrenScottish names chickenweed, arva/arvi chickenwir in ShetlandGaelic fliodh/fliogh (affliction)Until last year, I…
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April 10, 2019 0

Latest News and Some Upcoming Events

This is a ragbag of a post, but if you don’t do Facebook you will have missed some interesting bits of recent news. Firs ts that the second imprint of Haggards has sold out ( I still have a few though—-). The third imprint has been ordered and will be available from Red Squirrel Press…
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April 4, 2019 0

Spring in the Territory of Rain

This photo was taken at Gartmorn Dam, on a cold but sunshiny morning. It was lovely to be out – there were signs of spring everywhere, celandines, blackthorn blossom, a wren singing on almost every bush, robins in full courtship display, and the first chiffchaff calling in the trees around the dam. I’ve had all…
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March 28, 2019 0

Becoming Botanicals

becoming-Botanicals is an exciting new publication featuring contributions from over 50 international artists, researchers, and practitioners who are passionate about rekindling and re-examining our human relationship with plants. Artworks, essays, poems, and provocations sit side-by-side in this multi-disciplinary kaleidoscope of botanical ponderings in the form an Herbal Encyclopaedia. —- The book features 46 entries from over…
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March 18, 2019 0

StAnza 19

This year’s StAnza was one of the very best (I always say that, don’t I?), no, really, it was. There was the usual mix of good things – excellent poetry, meeting up with friends, the warm welcome, rotten weather, but this time StAnza felt very special. I don’t think I did quite as much as…
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March 12, 2019 0

Well, This Is New!

Though I am not a very accomplished photographer, I was beginning to wish I had a camera that could do more than my compact point-and-shoot, or my phone, clever as it is, and to want to understand more about what I was doing. And so, when I found a second-hand dslr on MPB.com, my husband…
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January 16, 2019 0

Containment

Charm for taking a Swarm of Bees For containment. Take earth, and place it Under your right foot, and say I subdue this under my feet, I claim it, look, the power of earth is against all others, against malice, against forgetfulness, and against the multiple charms of other people.’ Then throw it over the…
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January 9, 2019 0

Hell Mend Ye. And Hope

 El DuendeGrief lives in my houselike dry rot infesting the timbers.It has taken up residencein the cellar, where I do not go.I pretend there is no such space.But he sits there, smoking coltsfoot tobacco,and brewing a bitter tisane of rueand wormwood, hyssop and dill.Too much indulgence, he says, in sweet thingslike joy and kindness, all…
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December 19, 2018 2

This Year and Next in the Garden

I have been taking photographs of the garden now that the season has come to an end, with a view to planning for next year. In some ways it has been a lovely year, from the first flowers in spring to the hot summer, which turned out to be so good for the bees and…
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December 14, 2018 0