Son of the Secret Gardener

Son of the Secret Gardener

Not surprisingly, getting Son of the Secret Gardener out into the world has occupied a lot of my time over the last couple of months. My PR person, Elly Donovan, has been fantastic and as a result I’ve done a lot of local radio interviews and got coverage in all...
Gardens, gardens, gardens…

Gardens, gardens, gardens…

It’s been a good summer for gardens so far, notwithstanding a couple of periods of very heavy rain and some unwelcome winds. The photo above was taken at Helmsley Walled Garden: always a joy to visit but particularly resplendent in July. The cafe is very good...
The Poetry Guide

The Poetry Guide

In this slim volume is the lifetime’s experience and wisdom of Bernard and myself distilled from three decades of blood, sweat and fun in classrooms, school halls and libraries. The underlying message is that poetry is not there to be studied and dissected but...
How far to Forfar?

How far to Forfar?

Quite far, is the answer. But worth the journey. The Three Witches take pride of place – they, along with six other sculptures on a Macbeth theme, are to be found in the woods next to Glamis Castle. Not merely woods but a Pinetum with, we are told, the tallest...
Break Out!

Break Out!

The garden has been our refuge and solace over the past weeks / months. But on Wednesday we finally broke out of our cocoon and, like butterflies, migrated to Harlow Carr, where we landed safely. And, not quite by coincidence, there were our friends Pete and Beena....

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