Six On Saturday 14-09-19 Dry Stone

The lost words is a beautiful book from 2017 written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. It was inspired by the news that a widely used dictionary for children had decided it would no longer include words like ‘wren’ or ‘acorn’ because children were no longer able to identify these things or to…

The story so far part 4…

This the last part of a review of how the garden came into its current state. We have covered five years or so while wandering anti-clockwise starting at the front garden path and will finish at the top of the back garden. The back garden was already terraced and the uppermost part had grown wild…

The story so far part 3…

The back garden was, if anything, more overgrown than the front to begin with. Terraced over four levels, most of the furthest away ground was completely wild with brambles, sycamores, beech and birch saplings. All were creeping up between broken slabs, rocks and piles of earth. Willow herb, nettles and hypericum invaded every corner of…

The story so far part 2…

Already I have forgotten more than I can remember about what our garden looked like when we first moved here. It would be fascinating to see some photos from further back in time. I have just finished Kate Bradbury’s excellent book The Bumblebee Flies Anyway which beautifully explores the relationship between gardens, nature and memory….

The story so far part 1…

There is a pitfall in gardening (as in many things) that we only look forward with a wish to change, to tinker to improve to mend and rarely take time to look back at what’s gone before. We moved here just over 5 years ago but there have been over 150 years of gardening here before…