In the 16th century every good country huswife would consult her copy of Thomas Tusser’s Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandrie for advice on the work to be performed in the garden each month. So for November: If Garden require it, now trench it ye may, One trench not a yard from another go lay, Which being … More ‘Wife, into thy garden’
Brandy for the Parson, ’Baccy for the Clerk; Laces for a lady, letters for a spy – Rudyard Kipling Like Border Reivers we slipped ashore with the booty. The harsh tattoo of a winter squall muffling the sound as we sped along the drovers’ road enveloped in a night as dark as a conjurer’s cloak. Truckles of crumbly cheese … More Homeward Bound
Throw roses on the sea where the dead went down. The roses speak to the sea, And the sea to the dead. Throw roses, O lovers– Let the leaves wash on the salt in the sun. Carl Sandberg (1878-1967)
The time is fast approaching for my annual grand tour of the big island. I’ve been shorn, coiffured, scrubbed, steamed, plucked, exfoliated, manicured, pedicured and every other ….ed you can think of. I’ve cast aside the worn jeans, the ancient jacket with frayed cuffs, the baggy woolly jumpers, thick socks and gardening boots. I’ve had … More I’ll be back…………….