Tag Archives: scent

The Price of a Handkerchief

At the height of my hay fever, when the summer was still young and fresh, I grew tired of rubbing my delicate nose with various types of paper – paper tissues, toilet paper, kitchen paper, any kind of paper. When … Continue reading

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Snow and Silence

I woke this morning to a blanket of soft snow. As ever, the magical transformation of the landscape is total and surprising. It has snowed most winters I have been on this planet. You would think I’d be used to … Continue reading

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Fresh Bread and Coffee

During my walk with Ruby this morning, I was turning over thoughts for my next post on Life on the Edge of a Soup Plate. This is fairly standard procedure, and possibly explains why so much of this blog is … Continue reading

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This is Your Captain

 We are now beginning our final approach to Christmas. The weather has changed, and everything is greyness and rain. The rain is half frozen, and cuts like a knife, driven by hard wind. It takes a long time to get … 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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The Meaning of a Rose

In two days’ time it will be my mother’s birthday. She was born in 1912, before the First World War, and she died in 2007, aged 95. Her mother was 100 when she died, so I think there are some … Continue reading

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The Woods in May

May has to be the best month, although my natural inclination is to dismiss it in favour of January, just because the rebel in me refuses to follow the cultural crowd! But you can’t escape the fact that everyone likes … Continue reading

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