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Review: The Unofficial Countryside by Richard Mabey

The Unofficial Countryside spans the four seasons and is Richard Mabey’s account of wildlife within and around London. Published in 1973 it was ahead of its time with its focus on urban nature, something that is still relatively under-represented by the nature writing canon. 1,758 more words

Urban Nature

Lowry-esque orchard scene makes top price at auction

A Lowry-esque painting of Apple Pickers Going Home, by the contemporary artist Mary Newcomb, exceeded all expectations when it was sold at a Cotswold art auction last week. 378 more words



Roger Deakin, Cottage, and Cat (Hamish Hamilton Publishing)

I first came across the writer Roger Deakin three years ago, when I read an essay about him  and learned that he had compiled 45 notebooks about life on his property, Walnut Tree Farm, while he wrote a book about trees called… 445 more words


A North Downs walk through dandelion lands

After our visit to Down House today, we set off from the grounds on a circular walk along a beautiful stretch of the North Downs which took us through alternating stretches of woodland and traditional meadowland, first descending past Bromley golf course then on through Leasons Wood, up through a truly beautiful meadow thick with dandelions that was like stepping back into childhood, before skirting Cudham and back to Down House. 114 more words


Mary Newcomb: the perfect moment

Today we saw the exhibition, Mary Newcomb’s Odd Universe, at Norwich Castle Art Gallery – an excellent retrospective of the work of the painter Mary Newcomb, who died last year. 3,360 more words


April ...with dandelions

Plenty of dandelions around this April, which set me thinking about this  plant, regarded as a weed, hated if you’re a gardener (those damned taproots) and, in urban areas at least, an indication of  unkemptness. 763 more words



After leaving our friends we drove, under a cloudless spring sky, straight to the Suffolk coast at Southwold.  There we walked along the sand, past the multicoloured beach huts, to the pier. 607 more words