I drew a map without roads for a project that I am working on. I love that in the map the two beautiful rivers in my borough are revealed as a spine running right through. And how it highlights the way that roads have come to dominate, and often blight, our communities, landscapes and lives. [...]
Playing in the garden on Lughnasadh. Half way from summer to autumn. An inbetween time As every time feels at the moment. Like being in a dream. Living a life that doesn't exist anymore. Fragile. Precious. Magical. And thus we take a deep breath And keep on keeping on.
I grow things because… I love being outside. It grounds me and connects me to the things that matter. It is great fun (most of the time!) It helps me put down roots. It allows me to make more space for “wild”. Home grown food tastes better. It makes me slow down. It’s something we [...]
A few years ago I met a farmer and activist called Gerald. He was wonderfully full of knowledge and generous in his willingness to share it. He was also a man who was totally connected to the land and fully understood the critical importance of humankind’s role within the natural world. “Agriculture has got that [...]
We explored the life of soil in the woods near home. We dug a small sample of soil and talked about the multitudes of life that it contains And the life that it provides. We smelled it and handled it and rolled it into little clay-ey balls Then we took individual samples of soil. Everybody [...]
There are more acres of garden in the UK Than there are acres of National Park. More patios and well tended lawns Than Cairngorms, Brecon Beacons and Exmoors. More decking and garden sheds Than wide wild open spaces. But what if we all decided to open our garden gates a little To let a bit [...]
Planting seeds. An exercise in blind faith. A physical manifestation of your belief in nature. A sense of trust in nothing more than a dot Which encapsulates all that we know about life And existence. A sense of expectation. Of things that haven't happened yet. A belief in the future And of the possibility of [...]
I am working on a play at the moment. It is called "A Little Voice A Long Way From Here". I wrote the script but it is loosely based on a story by an American writer called Vendela Vida called "Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name". It is the story of a girl called [...]