Book Reviews

The Fear – The Dark is Rising

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“It was then, without warning, that the fear came.” Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising Oh! The beautiful opening chapter of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, which I’m reading in a massive worldwide book group on Twitter,  has brought back all my inexplicable moments of nature fear – or just The Fear, as […]

Myth & folklore

Learning to talk with small gods

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Because although I still have a lot to learn, my valley is claiming me through small gods. whispering voices of sheoak the different rhythm of the feet of my chickens that tells me they are excited to follow me and makes me laugh out loud the sound of a blue-banded bee long before it can be seen that […]

Book Reviews

Sometimes a Wild God by Tom Hirons

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Sometimes a piece of writing rustles and stirs the dry leaves that fall too quickly on the pathways of our bustling lives.  Like an inexplicable breath of floral-perfumed warm wind, in the harsh bite of a winters day. Rewilding you from inside. This is how it felt reading Sometimes a Wild God by Tom Hirons. You […]

Family

Exploring one of the last lagoons on the coast…

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Getting out for an exploration at my favourite time of the day, twilight – is one of those true pleasures, and often one bumped for all the million other things that need to be attended to.  So today after school, we headed nature-side and explored the coastal wetlands at Aldinga, Sellicks Beach – the Aldinga […]

Wildtime

She finds her answer in the woods. It’s always the woods.

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Ah Switzerland…you have me now forever. I’m besotted with your cool alpine forests as a retreat from the sweltering heat of a European heatwave. Will you whisper me your stories? After I posed this question above, I decided to find who had written poetry about this specific area of Switzerland. We’re staying in Lauterbrunnan Valley and I just […]

Wildtime

Where the forest murmurs – Kuitpo #WorldEnvironmentDay

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A little exploration into the woods today.  We saw no one, and sat still listening to the quirky cadence of frog call. I sometimes wonder if southern hemisphere frogs have more exuberance in their song, they wait at times, so very very long for rain, that you can easily imagine they might undertake weeks of […]

Wildlife

A ghost of autumn – Spilosoma glatignyi, Black and white tiger moth

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Here is a truly beautiful delicate ghost of autumn – the enchanting spectre of the Black and White Tiger Moth, Spilosoma glatignyi who I found today, resting on my worm farm.   Bold amongst the reds and browns of autumn, its mothy patterns for me, reference the Snowy Owl, even down to the fluffy large head and the red-eye […]

Wildlife

Thoughts on rewilding

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I have just finished reading George Monbiot’s book Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life. Some of the ideas are controversial and continue to be debated, and just one thing this book will do is open your eyes to any romantic or poetic attachment you have of some aspects of the UK countryside. It […]

Permaculture

Happenings

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It’s not that there isn’t a lot happening around here, I just don’t stop to write about it much these days. It’s a time of ripening plums. New bee accommodations: Visits for the first time from blue-banded bees: Harvesting summer: Welcome visitors: Delighting at the first time growing and eating a green zebra tomato:

Wildtime

Farsight from the campsite

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29th May 1999 – Isle of Skye, Scotland I’m sitting by the shores of where the Atlantic Ocean is hugged into an embrace by the land to create Loch Brittle, listening as the waves lull to and from the shore and sea-birds call out across the sand. The sound, the sand, the sea, the wind: […]