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

Winter Notes : One

By the Thames. A world apart from the grumbling, smoky red-tail-light traffic up above on the ring road A young tree points skywards. A cloudy Monday morning but there is still colour to be found in gentle browns, greens and greys. East Hendred. Birch and puddles beneath a suddenly blue sky. The crisp air sun… Continue reading Winter Notes : One

Holloway

Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood & Dan Richards (Faber & Faber) In July 2005 (or 2004, depending on if you take the date from the flyleaf or the text, but what does it matter...this is a book filled with timelessness anyway) Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin traveled to explore the holloways of South Dorset's… Continue reading Holloway

Almanac Inspired: January

This is my plan - I'll do a diary style post per month, drawing my inspiration from The Almanac by Lia Leendertz Last year I didn't manage to buy this lovely book until September, but once I had it I loved it...I ordered the 2019 one in November last year so I didn't make the… Continue reading Almanac Inspired: January

Rollright Stones – Dancing Faeries and Whispering Knights

This Sunday just gone I went on a small adventure with my friend Vikki to the Rollright Stones. We'd both seen a photo on Janina Ramirez's Instagram feed of a circle of dancing willow faeries so of course we had to investigate! Saturday had been dreadful, weather wise, but by Sunday the rain had gone … Continue reading Rollright Stones – Dancing Faeries and Whispering Knights

November Afternoon, Christ Church Meadow

November 1st. We're going into the dark now, I can feel it - though the clock change means we get light in the mornings (for now) the darkening evenings happen earlier and earlier; sunset is just after four thirty, my Lia Leendertz Almanac tells me. I feel I must get outside and walk as much… Continue reading November Afternoon, Christ Church Meadow

Spring is Here, and so is the Snake’s Head Fritillary

Over the years I've got to know the short part of the Thames path which is - delightfully - part of my commute (once it's dried out a bit after winter rain) really well. My favourite time of year here is spring, when the  blooms of the snake's head fritillary - the county flower of… Continue reading Spring is Here, and so is the Snake’s Head Fritillary