HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

The morning of Saturday 15th August 2020 dawned sunny and fine, perfect for my drive to Hope Mountain Bed and Breakfast and the watercolour workshop I had booked in for.  Travelling through the quiet country lanes of Cymau, blowsy and voluptuous with the dark, deep … Continue readingHOPE FOR THE FUTURE

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TALES FROM THE WOOD

With Hallowe’en just around the corner, I’m taking a look at the dark and mysterious tales surrounding two of our longest living and most iconic trees, the mighty oak and the venerable yew, both of which feature large in the collective mythologies of our islands, … Continue readingTALES FROM THE WOOD

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QUICK, QUICK, SLOE

Autumn, with its velvet-soft mornings sharpened by cool, still air  – a reminder that winter is on its way – is the celebrated season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the time for harvesting summer’s bounty from our trees and hedgerows. For me, there is no … Continue readingQUICK, QUICK, SLOE

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CRAFT CIDER CYMRU

Today is the first of September, and it’s brought with it a good drying day. Cobwebs and bed sheets fly in the wind as magnificent fleets of cumulus clouds billow in full sail across the blue of a fresh-washed sky. I’ve been out gathering apples … Continue readingCRAFT CIDER CYMRU

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ON HALKYN MOUNTAIN

Together with a small group of enthusiastic amateur botanists, I could recently be found seeking out the wild flowers of Halkyn Mountain in Flintshire with the Clwydian Hills in the distance before us, their blue and violet outline just breaking the soft grey of a … Continue readingON HALKYN MOUNTAIN

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THE AERIALIST

One of the most thrilling moments of spring is the sight and sound of returning swifts, their thin, metallic shriek heralding their arrival as they cut through the air on sickle-sharp wings. In an epic and often hazardous journey of up to 6,000 miles, common … Continue readingTHE AERIALIST

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