Category Archives: Flowers

Hay Fever

This summer, for the first time in my life, I have had hay fever. Suffered from it, indeed. In true man fashion, I have soldiered on, feebly brushing away the antihistamines, before falling back into the cushions and covering my … Continue reading

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Fireweed

 It was called fireweed by us kids, as we played on and in the bomb sites of my childhood city. It grew high up, on impossible ledges of shattered brick and mortar, and it choked the damp basements and outside … Continue reading

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The Woods in August

Spring is young and does, indeed, have a spring in its step. All eyes are on the future, even though we know, really, that future will come too soon. June and July are the excited muscularity of the young adult, … Continue reading

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The Giant Hogweed Puzzle – or, an apology to Sonja

A regular reader of this blog has reprimanded me for my cavalier treatment of the Hogweed Controversy. I had said, with a little bit of my tongue in my cheek, that Giant Hogweed had got itself an unfair reputation as … Continue reading

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The Sweetness of High Summer

I have written earlier, that this time of year is a time of stillness, a time of waiting for the great turning of the year. Few birds sing; little changes very much. Even if I didn’t have painful sciatica, this … Continue reading

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Eat Your Heart Out, David Bailey

“Don’t be silly. Blind people can’t take photographs.” This is the voice of the Evil One, who sits on my shoulder all the time. The left one, to be precise. Even if you’re in complete darkness, you can point a … Continue reading

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The Woods in July – Taking the Right Path

Another month, and this one starts with a heatwave. The mornings start cloudy and beautifully cool like fresh linen sheets, but by breakfast it is getting too hot to walk, though the shade of the trees is a blessing. So, … Continue reading

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