Category Archives: Family and friends

Bennett’s Cross

On Dartmoor there is a crooked stone cross beside the road between Moretonhampstead and Postbridge. Folklore has it that the cross was erected as a boundary marker by a tin miner named William Bennett in the 16th century. Looking out across … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Making changes, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rain

This is a photo from half term. I sat on the beach in the sunshine while the children pottered about in the shallows. No one needed a wee or a snack, no one was having a meltdown, no one was … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Growing things | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Rain

Half term

The word ‘half term’ has lost a bit of its significance during lockdown. I mean, is it half term? Are we sure? Is it still May? And what day of the week is it anyway? But no, it’s definitely half … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Half term

VE Day

On VE day most people down our street got out their deckchairs and sat outside their front doors. There was bunting strewn between houses, and we toasted each other with tea and scones. The kids rode up and down the … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Buttercup strength

I had a bit of a slump in spirits last week. Nothing had particularly changed, and perhaps that was the problem. There’s only so long you can go on gritting your teeth. Things remained intense, challenging, hot, and confined. And … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Growing things | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A bright pebble

I found this pebble hidden on the path outside one of my visits this week. The neighbour’s front window was open a small crack. Inside the house, children’s heads bobbed around the windowsill, trying to hide, but desperate to see. … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Illustration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on A bright pebble

Virtual garden visits

First of all, apologies to those of you who tried to leave a comment here over the last week or so. I think the problem is resolved, fingers crossed! My lovely friend helps me with the mechanics of this blog … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Growing things | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dawn chorus

I woke up in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning. The air was filled with the sound of the dawn chorus. I haven’t heard a dawn chorus like that since we lived in the Borders. The seagulls tried to … Continue reading

Posted in Countryside, Family and friends | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Dawn chorus

In the midst…

I nearly stood on a peacock butterfly as I left a patient’s house this week. It was sunning itself on the front doorstep. The absence of car fumes and aeroplane pollution has made the night sky crystal clear, even in … Continue reading

Posted in Countryside, Family and friends | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on In the midst…

Odd times

Well, these are odd times indeed, aren’t they? I have had my nursing hat on over the last three days, operating under a cloud of contingency planning and training, while running around to make up for the absence of self-isolating … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Growing things | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Odd times