Monthly Archives: May 2017

Toadstones

http://www.nms.ac.uk/toadstones This is just too brilliant.  I’m going back out to look for that toad. Also to pull nettles – with feeling.

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Pets

The intensive dairy farming around means the fields are shaved to bowling green short then immediately unceremoniously doused in slurry. This pool of lawn is the last refuge.  A lonely heron is staking out the acres, visible for miles, all … Continue reading

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The Destructive Party

http://www.monbiot.com/2017/05/09/the-destructive-party/ Don’t have nightmares.

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Sci-fi season: humans and planets 

Wanting to initiate the kids into the wonders of sci-fi,  I made them sit through 2001: a space odyssey last year – that freaked them out. This time round I tried Interstellar over 4 nights…but warmed them up first by watching the marvel of slow-paced, old-fashioned … Continue reading

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Lawnmore

Less lawnmower = More lawn Happy squadrons of beasties are flying in and out feasting on nectar. So what if you can’t play football on it. Weeds welcome here. I hope you appreciate how much work it takes to keep … Continue reading

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an ex-ambassador writes: Theresa May Goes the Full Farage

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2017/05/theresa-may-goes-full-farage/

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Iron of ironies and Japanese sewing.

My Union Jack iron – made in France – posing beside the Cinderella sewing machine on the little corner of Scotland* desk. I was ironing while sewing dress no. 17 from this Japanese sewing pattern book. Once you get over … Continue reading

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