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Dark Mountain Issue 5

In a recent blog post, Paul Kingsnorth, one of the founders of the Dark Mountain Project wrote: At the time and on the surface, what I thought I was doing was quite simple:  I was starting a new literary movement. With Dougald, my co-conspirator and soon-to-be friend, I had written a strange little manifesto, which…
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July 23, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 21 – Elderflower

It’s said that it isn’t summer until the elder is in flower, and summer isn’t over until the berries are ripe. Well, the elders along the river road are just coming into flower, and I’ll be out to pick them just as soon as the rain stops and the blooms are dry. You have to…
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June 1, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 19 – Comfrey

This is the wild plant growing along the river bank, about ten minutes walk away, very lush and often full of bees. Comfrey has always been a much valued herb, with healing properties which sound nothing short of miraculous – it was considered good for burns, wounds, bruises and broken bones, and was given for…
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May 14, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 13 Nettle

As the dandelions haven’t obliged, we move on to the nettle. Of course these little beauties have grown bigger since this photo was taken, but they are just coming into their own. Malevolent as they might seem – and I have known them sting through heavy duty leather gardening gloves –  I am doing more…
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April 6, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs week 9 – Sorrel

Here is my sorrel plant, just bursting into new leaf. I thought it would like its situation especially after the wet winter we have had, but it seems a bit sluggish. The soil it is in is probably rather poor and stony, as at one time there was a set of steps here, and a…
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March 15, 2014 2

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 8 – Fennel

This is what the bronze fennel looks like just now, sprouting early, and getting ready to pump out leaves in a purple cloud, a fountain considerably taller than I am. It’s certainly a looker. In summer it will look like this: and in winter it looks spectacular covered in frost. Bees hoverflies and butterflies like…
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March 11, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 5 – Chervil

This herb is possibly the opposite of basil. It looks delicate and fragile – it’s silk to parsley’s denim – but it isn’t. It will stand frost and snow. It doesn’t like sun, and it doesn’t mind a bit of shade and damp. It shows very early in the spring, flowers in May, sets seed,…
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February 11, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 4 – Winter Savory

I picked the right herb for this week! Although the snowdrops are out, and the birds are already competing for their nesting territories, there’s a cold East wind and the sky has that bleached heavy quilted look that says it’s going to snow. The forecast seems to think that down here by the river we’ll…
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January 31, 2014 0

‘Tis the Year’s Midnight

And everything is sinking into the quiet and lull of Christmas, and won’t be at full strength again until after the New Year. It’s been a roller coaster of a year, in some ways a struggle, in others pure delight. Summer was late, but lovely, and several of the species that took a hammering last…
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December 19, 2013 0

Chrys Salt and Sheila Templeton

Chrys Salt’s new pamphlet Home Front /Front Line was launched at the Scottish Poetry Library on Saturday. I missed it, as I was in Liverpool visting family, but I did hear Chrys read from it at the Callander Poetry Weekend back in September. It is published by Roncadora Press, and is a mix of Chrys…
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December 4, 2013 2