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

On a warm and gilded afternoon in Autumn, there is nowhere I’d rather be than wandering the leafy lanes of my home in North East Wales, searching the hedgerows for the season’s bounty, picking the softly yielding fruit with eager anticipation. Having made sloe gin … 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 fleets of cumulus clouds billow in full sail across the blue of a fresh-washed sky. I’ve been out gathering apples from … 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

For me, one of the most thrilling moments of spring is the sight and sound of swifts returning to our skies. Following an epic and often hazardous journey of up to 6,000 miles, common swifts normally arrive here in late April. But in the spring … Continue readingTHE AERIALIST

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WALES ROCKS

Who knew that a trip to a garden would make a rock fan of me, but that’s exactly what happened on a recent visit to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales in Carmarthenshire! On a dreary and damp day in mid May when even the … Continue readingWALES ROCKS

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THE CLWYDIANS

Today has been spent walking one of my favourite haunts, a secret place among the quieter paths of the Clwydian hills. With the Vale of Clwyd ethereal under blue and gold and a soft breeze lifting my hair, I watched as a skylark sang and … Continue readingTHE CLWYDIANS

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