The Magnolia Tree

It’s my pleasure and my immense privilege to be spending my writing days at the moment in the presence of this tree, this Magnolia. I know none of its horticultural details (though see below) or the origins of its naming, you’d have to ask Sarah about those. But I can see what it does, which …

Other Things We've Survived: Reflections from an allotment

As the ‘just in time’ supply system of the major supermarkets, together with a mass change in shopping habits, has left empty spaces on supermarket shelves lately, there’s been a good deal of ‘so you think this is bad’ talk from those of a certain age on social media. Like a Monty Python sketch but …

Just Breathe and the Springtime Will Arrive Anyway

Just breathe and the springtime will arrive anyway.This is difficult, though the light is growing now,To not shake your hand when we meet,Or wrap our arms around each other, let alone kiss.In a land without leaders or steady advice. But we’ve made our own way before, And we will do again, won’t we?’Together Alone’ like …

A Quiet New Year

The day before Christmas Eve I wrote and photographed a poem called “Letting Go: A Quiet Breath” and the quiet days have continued here from then through to this new year of 2018. These beloved souls are my three grandchildren: Finn, 3; Theo, 8, and Eleanor, 11. In the park with their parents, Simon, with …

Sarah Horton’s Magnolia Tree

As The Beatles nearly sang, ‘The best things in life are trees.’ Well some of the best things anyway. Every year they do what they do. The big things like draining the uplands and stopping flash floods, if we’re sensible and leave them where they are. But also the gentler things like enriching all of …

We’re all light

I love all of the days and times of the year, but particularly this one. The throw the doors open, let the light in, eat outside, springtime. Like the first time you heard ‘Up town top ranking’ or ‘One day like this’ it gets me every time. The upsurging joy of spring. Some of it …