Category: Walking the territory

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Back from the Holidays

While the English are still in the middle of their summer holidays, our school-children are going back to school today. Disappointing as this is, when the weather has only just improved, there does seem to be an appropriate feel to it. The blue tits are back in the garden, there’s a grey squirrel pinching the…
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August 18, 2015 0

Summer in the Territory of Rain

This is the new culinary patch, with chive flowers going over and the Greek oregano completely overwhelming the lemon thyme. The knot garden is beginning to show its potential a bit more. The santolina to the right and back has bushed up enormously and the blue hyssop is almost there. The southernwood and rosemary are…
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June 30, 2015 0

The Adventure in Progress

For the next four months or so, the territory of rain is going to look like this. There are still leaves clinging to very sheltered trees, but not so many now. Teal, merganser and goldeneye are back on the river, and the sparrows are very quick to notice when I fill up the bird feeder.…
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November 17, 2014 0

Summer, Summer

We have been to Scarborough with all our family, four children, and two grand-daughters – it was hard work, but fun. We had a lovely house with enough space for everyone to spread out, and we had great weather – most of the time! But now we are back and my truanting has caught me…
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July 13, 2014 1

Dawn Chorus

It’s getting light in the morning now when I leave the house, and the birds are busier each day. Robins and blackbirds are always singing, but great tits, sparrows, starlings crows and magpies are all adding to the livelier atmosphere, and this morning there was a thrush. So spring has started. There’s a lot of…
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February 19, 2014 0

The Fall of the Leaf

It’s the first really cold weather this week, and there are very few leaves left on the trees. From my window I can see the dark slopes of the distant hills, the magpies in the orchard , and even – if I lean out sideways, the snow on the Trossachs. It’s a bare and austere…
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November 21, 2013 0


This photo was taken from Abbey Craig, the place from where Wallace’s army looked down at the English army crossing Stirling Bridge. I was looking south towards our village rather than west. It’s a while since I last posted, and I’m only just getting the hang of this wordpress lark. I’ve begun adding links to…
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October 13, 2013 0


Now that the equinox is almost on us, I’m leaving the house just about dawn, and the only ones up are the joggers and the dog-walkers. I’m catching some bird behaviour I hadn’t expected, too. Ther mallards are all asleep on the muddy banks exposed by low water. Sometimes the turn of the tide catches…
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September 18, 2013 0

The Territory in Summer

   The garden hasn’t done badly this year, though due to a combination of family stuff, very high pollen levels and a bad attack of harvest mites (horrible biting insects which are common in old gardens, to which I am very sensitive), all of which meant that I didn’t go out as much as I…
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August 26, 2013 0

The Tentative Spring

Although it is now April the wind is still easterly and the temperature is low enough to deter gardeners. I have a lot of seeds waiting to go, but blimey, what’s the point? And yet — here are the first flowers in Lucy’s garden, so something’s happening! I have my first daffodils too. These are…
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April 1, 2013 0