Hidden Forests

Year of Natural Scotland - Beneath the Waves The wind is rising and the rain is hammering against the window. As high tide approaches the waves are pounding the ancient rocks creating fountains of spray. The grey sea merges with the low cloud, obscuring the horizon in the fading light. The very epitome of a… Continue reading Hidden Forests

The January Garden – Looking Both Ways

Janus Pater, firstborn of Roman deities, presides over all transitions and beginnings, the door keeper, guardian of the new year, and custodian of the calendar, from whom January takes its name. In deference to Janus I am ambivalent about January - the lengthening days tell me to look forward as spring is coming, but the… Continue reading The January Garden – Looking Both Ways

‘Wife, into thy garden’

In the 16th century every good country huswife  would consult her copy of Thomas Tusser's Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandrie  for advice on the work to be performed in the garden each month. So for November: If Garden require it, now trench it ye may, One trench not a yard from another go lay, Which being… Continue reading ‘Wife, into thy garden’