Category Archives: Garden

Opening the Sky, Again

Way over a year overdue, and not for want of trying, we finally secure the services of a garden guy. The old ones have retired; the ones we ask to quote tell us prices which bear no resemblance to the … Continue reading

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Merely to Me

Merely at the end of July and there’s a clear whiff of Autumn moving in; here and thereabouts, in corners of the garden. It’s in the trees. It’s coming. The year as a mix-tape; the seasons on shuffle. Rain is … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Hardware

Before I start anything, I say (referring to a grand project for a very small workshop), the door will need to open the other way. Coming up on ten years this has been a nuisance. It’s funny how we let … Continue reading

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In Wisteria

In wisteria The air is trying to breathe Morning is tangled. I wanted to capture in some way the knowingness of wisteria. Hints in its name. Wistful hysteria. A social climber climbing when your back is turned. How in bloom it can’t … Continue reading

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The Swan, the Shoes

The man who comes to do our trees and hedges, neatly, roughly once a year, is telling me about one of his daughters. Coming up to 48, she’d never been abroad. And so for that birthday (this was just last … Continue reading

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roses, rain

raining from the trees on the stone steps, sulkily roses, lopsided  

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