bee-long days

I guess this is a typical British summer: after another short “heatwave” last week, we’ve just had a weekend of almost continuous rain. At the start of the week, the world was a multi-coloured blaze of flowers and the buddleia-scented air was busy with butterflies and bees. But this weekend it’s been cold and grey, … Continue reading “bee-long days”

snakes and lions

It’s April, but we don’t seem to be enjoying Chaucer’s “shoures soote” – the sweet showers that bring forth spring flowers. Yes, the parks and gardens are bright with blossoms and blooms aplenty, but the weather is as changeable as it has ever been. I haven’t actually seen snow here this month, but there’s been … Continue reading “snakes and lions”

taking its toll

I seldom write about things in the news, but seeing that the Severn Bridge tolls are to cease tomorrow, it seems a good opportunity to get out a whole collection of photographs I’ve taken of the River over the last few years. I used to travel back and forth between London and South Wales fairly … Continue reading “taking its toll”

more dragons

I mentioned recently that there are certain words and phrases that I use over and over again: “rather lovely” occurs in a dozen posts here, while a search on “glorious” brings up 11 pages – over 50 posts. But it’s not just language that repeats; it’s also the topics. There are daisies and dandelions scattered … Continue reading “more dragons”

a sense of scale

There are things that we see and hear that are forgotten in a moment, and other things that stay with us for many, many years. The things that stick with us can come from any number of different sources and, while some may be profoundly important and shape the way we see life from that … Continue reading “a sense of scale”