A view north from Trinity Street, Colchester on a day in late May.
A few weeks ago, two robins decided that the garden shed was the site for their next nest. On Mothers' Day, 10 May, I found out that they had hatched six chicks in a plant pot - high on a shelf, at the back of the shed. Day after day, I watched the two robins … Continue reading Empty Nest
As the days draw longer, I enjoy my evening walk more. On Monday I strolled along the edge of Cymbeline Meadows towards the sunset, to catch sight of the moon, waxing crescent as it rose. I respect the older trees; here long before me, here long after me, their constancy reassures me.
'The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.' Amelia Earhart, quoted in 'Soaring Wings : A Biography of Amelia Earhart' (George Palmer Putnam, 1939)
Last year, I visited Nassos Keramik on the island of Rhodes, Greece. This particular outlet has been producing handmade ceramics in a traditional style since 1964. Its founder, Nassos Mylonas, had learnt his trade at the ICAROS factory which had been established by the Italians in Rhodes in 1928 to reproduce the traditional, regional 'Iznik' … Continue reading Glazed – Handle with Care.
During lockdown the apple tree in the back garden has blossomed. The grass is now carpeted with blossom petals as soon as there is a breeze. The tree really needed pruning a while back - as did so many of the garden shrubs - but I like having a green wall between me and the … Continue reading Blossoming
Zoe-dog is now living her best life. She has been practising self-isolation for over 7 years, emerging only for basic necessities (this category includes, but is not limited to; chasing cats off the property, ensuring Frank-dog is not being preferred and TREATS).