Monthly Archives: April 2018

Jack by the hedge

A morning walk brought me by this old path where garlic mustard, or Jack-by-the-hedge, lives up to its name by growing right up against the centuries-old hedgerow. Its leaning in and not-quite clinging ways made me think of it as … Continue reading

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A whole new world

I had to laugh at myself when I attended a one-day course on Tuesday at the University only to find myself in a roomful of people who, with only one exception, had all probably not even been born yet when … Continue reading

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Inspired

I heard a cuckoo this morning. I was out enjoying the grounds of the castle which lovely generous lovely people have left open to all and free of charge. Here is the hornbeam tunnel: And a short slideshow with: a … Continue reading

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Wall of wisteria

I enjoyed this today. The heat of last week building up in the narrow lane between the old city walls and the house-bricks has brought this wisteria into bloom really early. The scent hit me when I was still a … Continue reading

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Im-reuse-provised Shetland yoke sweater.

Three or four years ago I knit my son a yoke sweater following Elisabeth Zimmerman’s simple pattern (bottom-up and all knit in-the-round). Naturally, when I ran out of wool just above the armpits I started playing around with all the … Continue reading

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Eden

I chanced upon the most beautiful, bucolic spot today while out walking. A shallow valley with more of those marvelous pear trees and gorgeous, bounteous pollard willows beside a quiet stream.  

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Making your own clothes

Three things I made this winter. I am thinking that photographing clothes well takes a bit more skill than I have today. Just take my word for it that wearing these things that I made myself makes me feel proud … Continue reading

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Pear trees blossom

Traditional landscape. Grazing with huge standard apple and pear trees. Dignity and generosity. The trees carry themselves so well in all seasons, give the cattle shade, and play host to loads of wildlife – unlike the stunted, sprayed, clipped and … Continue reading

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Head hunted already

Title page of my new distance-learning course. Something to keep me going until full-time study begins in September. I am quite excited about getting my teeth into a new course. This March, when I went for interview for my Master’s … Continue reading

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Just ghosting in and ghosting out again

I’m just dropping in quickly. It’s been a while since I wrote anything. On any subject. Looking back on previous posts, I see politics, science, politics, sewing, knitting, politics, music, frogs and birds are on the menu. Imagine being the … Continue reading

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