Winter Notes Seven: Edgelands

I wrote this, or started to, a couple of weeks ago as COVID-19 approached, but before home-schooling, before lock-down. As the scale of the crisis unfurled on the news I went on a massively LONG walk, I couldn't stop my feet from moving ever forward, along the riverbank, over muddy fields and to the medieval… Continue reading Winter Notes Seven: Edgelands

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

Winter Notes Six : MIST

What is it about mist. It's a bit magical, don't you think? It's a cloud in a place where a cloud shouldn't be. Not inpenetrable, you can see quite far, yet it changes everything. It renders the familiar unfamiliar, messing with our sense of perspective and place. Am I on the ground, or am I… Continue reading Winter Notes Six : MIST

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: Irreplaceable

  Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton) We begin with a murmuration of starlings above Brighton Pier; some people have come especially to see this, some are caught up in it after a day at the seaside, or on their way elsewhere. Hoffman describes the birds "...being sieved unseen from the sea" and we can… Continue reading Review: Irreplaceable

Review: Underland, A Deep Time Journey.

Underland by Robert MacFarlane (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton) In the early 1980s I was 14 and we went on a geography field trip to the Dales. I wasn't what you'd describe an intrepid teenager, yet I found myself on high tightropes in tree top assault courses and caving. We went down Long Churn; I am convinced I… Continue reading Review: Underland, A Deep Time Journey.

Blog Tour: The Good Bee

The Good Bee - A Celebration of Bees and How To Save Them by Alison Benjamin & Brian McCallum (Michael O'Mara Books) The remarkably loud buzzing of a bumble bee in early spring, as it somehow* flies from place to place like a noisy levitating pompom is one of the loveliest sounds, a sign we… Continue reading Blog Tour: The Good Bee

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

Review: Snow

Snow, by Marcus Sedgewick (Little Toller) I must come clean here at the start and declare myself a huge fan of snow. I become giddy at the thought of it, watching the forecast like a hawk, feeling genuine disappointment when the clock ticks round and no snow arrives. As I write this*, in Oxfordshire in… Continue reading Review: Snow

Review: 21st Century Yokel

21st Century Yokel, by Tom Cox (Unbound) Do you ever buy a lovely thing to eat - e.g. a lump of delicious cheese - that you then can't bring yourself to eat because if you do it will be GONE? I do. Of course I don't want to sit and watch things grow mould, but… Continue reading Review: 21st Century Yokel