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Plant of the week

Weekly plant identification forms part of my studies here at Gravetye. I walked through the meadow with Tom last week, trying to work out what species of hawkbit or catsear is currently in flower there. 104 more words

Plant Of The Week

Oxford Special - Where the oxen trots and the river flows (Part 2)

The Ox and the Ford

After an exceedingly pleasurable breakfast at friendly Oxfork’s we set off on an Oxford walking tour which first takes us to the Thames path opposite the boat houses,”along the reedy shore of silt and mud”, and next to the oxen. 841 more words


Lavender & ferns

I’ve had lavender on my mind for a while, and souffles. I recently snagged a copy of the very traditional Fannie Farmer cookbook from the early 1950s and thought I’d sprinkle a little lavender water in a souffle (perfume maker and herbalist Julianne Zaleta of Alchemologie has a beautiful one.) My husband’s dislike of lavender is hardly a deterrent for me, nor is the somewhat soapy lavender ice cream I made when we were first married (lavender can notoriously go a bit awry if used to excess.) Strangely, these little hiccups have only made me want to experiment and learn how to draw out lavender’s earthly charms with more subtlety. 672 more words

Buddhists Who Shop

The Fox

Happily does the fox play,

Bounding through the grassy meadows,

Lapping water from the brooks,

Pouncing on a waryless mouse.

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The plight that prompted a poem

My last post featured a tongue-in-cheek quilt made for a friend who’d been grumbling about wild creatures having the audacity to invade our areas of suburban sprawl after being driven out of their habitats by developers. 221 more words

Creative Writing

The sky is as fluid and calming as the clearest of seas. Gently blurring from a light blue on the horizon from the glow of the setting sun into a majestic, deep purple into the night.

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