Distracted by Diaries

Distracted by Diaries

Reading and re-reading my dad’s gardening diaries, two of which I have transcribed and will be part of ‘The Son of the Secret Gardener’, has distracted me from other things, including this blog.  But not from my weekly poem for the Wildlife Trust...
2020 (Pro)Vision

2020 (Pro)Vision

Spending more time at home? Of course. Occupying yourself usefully? Well, sometimes. Providing for chutney shortages? Chilli jelly emergencies?  Or simply using those lovely rose petals from last spring. Definitely. Green tomatoes are an obvious candidate for chutney...
December Miscellany

December Miscellany

This is a backdrop painted by a couple of the younger employees at The Ropewalk. Makes me want to write a scene from a play to go with it.  Here’s another seasonal snap, a Christmas Tree made out of plastic bottles – part of the Methodist Chapel’s...
Raising a Glass

Raising a Glass

Well, many a glass was raised over the festive fortnight, though perhaps not as many as in younger days.  A whole Saturnalia without a hangover!  What is happening?  Good to see so many friends and relatives. Now, thanks to Dilys and John for the wine tokens, we can...
Retro Times

Retro Times

An old-fashioned cinema in the woods?  Yes, so old they call it The Kinema in the Woods and it’s been going non-stop since 1912. Up-to-date films, though, and coffee in the foyer, which also houses memorabilia including a full sized dalek.  Plenty of comfy seats...
Yes, Roses were blooming in Picardy

Yes, Roses were blooming in Picardy

Ponches-Estruval was as quiet as ever (apart from next door’s dog) and a delightful place to spend a relaxing week. Dunc and Kate joined us for a number of days and of course we had to visit St Valery and Le Crotoy.  St Valery has the wonderfully idiosyncratic...

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