Reading: Fifty Words for Snow

Snow Angel...A blizzard of skylarks....Snowflakes big as a dogs paw...Snow... I find snow enchanting, the magical transformation it brings to familiar landscapes, the still silence, especially at night, of a snowfall. I don't spend as much time as I'd like in the snow (and there will be even less opportunity this year, obviously) . Our… Continue reading Reading: Fifty Words for Snow

Supernatural, some stories for Samhain

The other day I found myself lost in the woods. The woods are not that far from home, are near to Oxford and the main road. You can park up in the little lay-by just past the private school and pop in, no arduous journey over stormy field and moor required. They're pretty benign woods… Continue reading Supernatural, some stories for Samhain

Reading: How to Cook a Wolf

My slightly battered copy read on the beaches of East Yorkshire, sometimes while eating haddock and chips. I had never heard of Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher or How to Cook a Wolf until a few weeks ago, though I have a good collection of cook books – or food books I suppose (so many are… Continue reading Reading: How to Cook a Wolf

Review: Attention All Shipping

Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly (Little, Brown) The shipping forecast is a  national institution. In a former life I heard it regularly on getting home late after working the evening Box Office shift, or more usually getting home late after the after work drinks. I'd dream of a simpler, less hectic, seaside life and… Continue reading Review: Attention All Shipping

Our Garden

Twelve years ago we went on our honeymoon to Wales, with a seven month old baby there was no way I was getting on a plane and anyway Pembrokeshire is gorgeous. We stayed in Solva, up the hill from the harbour, and spent our time quietly. We found lovely restaurants, cafes and galleries while wandering… Continue reading Our Garden

Strange Times: The Woods

If you've been here a while you'll know how much I love to read (if you're new, hello and welcome) but I'm finding it hard to read anything at all during these days of social distancing and isolation. It's ironic really, most of my time I spend wanting to not be doing the thing I'm… Continue reading Strange Times: The Woods

Review: Under The Stars: A Journey Into Light

Under The Stars : A Journey Into Light by Matt Gaw (Elliot & Thompson) If you look up at the sky at night from your front step, back garden or high-rise window what do you see? Try it now (if it's night, and it's not cloudy) are there stars? Are there loads of them, can… Continue reading Review: Under The Stars: A Journey Into Light

Review: Ring The Hill

Ring The Hill by Tom Cox (Unbound) Here we are again taking wonderful walks along the lanes and fields, the beaches and - this is what it's all about - up and down hills of England in the company of Tom Cox. The whole book is threaded through with hares, as almost mythical, unfindable creatures… Continue reading Review: Ring The Hill

Review: Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

Footnotes by Peter Fiennes (Oneworld)In "Footnotes" Peter Fiennes journeys round Britain, from Cornwall to Skye, leaving no gaps in the journey, accompanied by  as diverse a set of writers as can be imagined; Enid Blyton and Gerald of Wales, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Celia Fiennes, Beryl Bainbridge and J.B. Priestly,  Somerville and Ross, Boswell and… Continue reading Review: Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

Review: The Light in the Dark

The Light in The Dark a Winter Hournal, by Horatio Claire (Paperback edition,  Elliot & Thompson) I first reviewed The Light in the Dark (pub. 2018) in January 2019, in the hardback edition I borrowed from the library. The book is wonderfully written of course, the words and ideas are the important thing, and my… Continue reading Review: The Light in the Dark