The neighbours across the river have peacocks. For most of the year we don’t notice them but as the days lengthen, Mr P can be heard shouting across the valley. From a range of about half a mile away, his call is part of the early spring soundscape, a modern reminder that the medieval lords … More Voices


At the start of the year there is time to reflect. In the quiet days, the dark days of deep December, time to ponder on life, the Universe and everything.Why is it that some of the worst jobs fall in winter=pond clearance, border digging, apple pruning? Perhaps not all of those are worst jobs. its … More Pondering


I’m very fond of tall plants with spires of flowers -delphiniums, verbascums and foxgloves spring to mind. I inherited native foxgloves in the garden when we moved in, and working on the assumption conditions must be suitable, I’ve been adding to them.  Last year I had a brilliant show from Digitalis Alba and Suttons Apricot. … More Foxgloves