Monthly Archives: May 2012

Cobbler of the woods

The rain arrived this afternoon, breaking one of the longest spells of continuous fine weather I can recall for many months. The butterflies and damselflies went immediately into hiding but the wild birds continued to form disorderly queues for the … Continue reading

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A sunday stroll in the woods

The church bells rang out in the distance as I walked in the garden this morning. Over these last few brilliantly hot and sunny days our wood and meadow have been crazily active with insect life. The Cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis), … Continue reading

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Wales’ slow food town

In case you were wondering, I do occasionally venture out of my garden to face the hordes… Mold is a bustling market town nestled beneath the Clwydian Hills and, as my title suggests, was Wales’ first cittaslow.  Since medieval times traders … Continue reading

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Who countest the steps of the Sun

D’s brother arrived this morning with a tray of Giant sunflowers for us to plant in the front garden. Although native to the Americas (once revered by the Incas), I find these cheerful, if garish, heliotropes absolutely charming. Call me … Continue reading

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Gaia in my pocket

From my makeshift desk near the window, I can see a plump Nuthatch feeding on a fat-ball suspended in an apple tree. I’m fortunate in that my garden is large and consists of an acre of woodland, two lengthy fields, … Continue reading

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