perspectives

Regular readers will probably have realised I rather like dandelions. Well, not just dandelions, but catsears, hawksbeard and coltsfoot, and all the other wonderfully named, bright, yellow composite weeds with flowers like the radiant suns that dot the pages of children’s picture books. I like the seed heads, too, with their downy parachutes counter-balanced by … Continue reading “perspectives”

wallflowers and garden walls

From Tom’s Midnight Garden – the vast country-house grounds held trapped in the memory of a tiny city backyard – to The Secret Garden, which Mary Lennox discovers with the help of the robin, to The Selfish Giant‘s garden where Spring will not visit while the children are kept out, there’s something magical about walled … Continue reading “wallflowers and garden walls”

come closer

At first sight, some things are all curvy, soft and dreamy, the sort of soft focus look used for attractive women on the early episodes of Star Trek. But as you get closer you realise that’s not quite the whole story: you begin to see straight lines, edges and sharper outlines, and it all seems … Continue reading “come closer”

educational

I’ve said before that when we used to go on family holidays my parents always found room in the suitcases for a few books. Specifically, there was always the Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds and the Collins Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers, and I must have spent hours identifying and listing the new species … Continue reading “educational”

it’s complicated**

“[T]here is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” As Shakespeare clearly understood when he had Hamlet say the above line, everything in life is affected by our personal perspective. And our perspective depends very much on where we were born and brought up, and on the social and family values we … Continue reading “it’s complicated**”