Category Archives: Hippyish outdoorsy posts

Kes

I have a feeling last week’s Indian summer might be over. This morning I found darkness had encroached on my regular breakfast time, and my stroll into town was a murky one. The mist-blanketed beach was strewn with wrack, and … Continue reading

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Bluebells, tow trucks and Pooh Bear

Step into the woods and you’re almost bound to have an adventure. Mine and E’s Saturday morning began sitting in our camp chairs in a gorgeous glade full of bluebells, eating decadent duck eggs poached in the remains of the … Continue reading

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Modest beginnings of urban orchards

Sitting in my back yard on Sunday afternoon, engrossed in some freelance proofreading and wrapped up in a jerkin against the incipient autumnal weather, I heard a loud thump. I always fancied owning an orchard. Apples are the fruit of … Continue reading

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Helicopters in the glades

As E and I came into the main clearing, a short man in an oversized grey fleece, scuttling off past the toilet block with a couple of campers, turned and spotted us. ‘Squeak the squeaky and she’ll sort you out’, … Continue reading

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The good life

On Tuesday I ate my first courgette of the season. There are five large courgette plants in my little garden, and no doubt in a month’s time I will be sick to death of their incessant crop, but the first … Continue reading

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Hopheads

Some time ago my uncle bought me a hop vine for my birthday. It arrived through the post in a small wooden box, and in the years since I planted it out it has completely taken over the old rose … Continue reading

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Before they end up on a piece of string

Has anyone else been enjoying the sight of horse chestnut trees in full flower lately? A few years ago, during a period of unemployment, I volunteered for about five months doing conservation work with BTCV. Should you ever find yourself … Continue reading

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Signs of spring #1

I’m always surprised by how quickly spring comes on. It’s not quite the explosion of life that you find in countries further north, but even so. One week it’s cold winds and bare trees, and a couple of weeks later … Continue reading

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Down by the riverside

Lately I have been reading Waterlog, by Roger Deakin. It’s a bit of a cult book, and it’s easy to see why. It is humorous, idiosyncratic and inspiring, a tangle of understated joy and sadness, and the language is so … Continue reading

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