Category Archives: mountains, flowers, landscapes

Olympos 2 – and garden notes

When I wrote that last post, about the Papa Rema valley, how could I have forgotten this? It might have been suddenly discovering again the Italians and their search for Albania that drove it out of my head, even though … Continue reading

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A day on Olympus

I have been struggling to write about this mountain for more than a year and a half now. I spent a week on and around it in 2019. For now I will spare you my mental strife which is hard … Continue reading

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‘I cried to dream again’, (Caliban in the Tempest): post cards from Olympos

The back of Mount Olympus from the road between Ano Skotina and Kriovrisi; the summits are hidden. And now the other side, facing the sea, where crowds gather for the popular drama I have been trying to write this story … Continue reading

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Foxgloves

Here’s another favourite, also from Slovenia, an orchid which loves mountain woodland and thrives inconspicuously even in deep shade, though this one was right by the edge of a road. It’s called Epipactis atrorubens. We call it a helleborine. Its … Continue reading

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Experiencing fully

the cover of the Kew magazine shouts out: the new way to LOVE WINTER What was wrong with the old way, I wonder. And what is the new way? Well, you have to slow down, and STOP, LOOK, LOVE   … Continue reading

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Garden Notes number 20 “wouldn’t it be great if it were like this all the time”

  It’s the contrast between the lush strings and his ordinary Ulster voice; it’s the way the music stops dead at the last line and the utopian dream of ‘all the time’ becomes a moment in time that’s lost.  Ignore … Continue reading

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Garden notes 17, home and away, a further intermission

… because my mind began to wander, and it’s hard to get back to the garden. This is really what I meant to do in the last Garden Notes, i.e. show some more plants which I’ve seen in the wild … Continue reading

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garden notes 16, intermission with aubrieta

Aubrieta on Profitis Ilias in the Taygetos mountains, Peloponnese, Greece, in April. This picture should be big! See if you can make it look bigger on your screen….   But maybe its picture postcard size is appropriate, it fits that lockdown … Continue reading

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Garden notes 15, the corn cockle, aliens

see also Garden notes number twelve; sex, pests, culture wars, paradise and narrow observation I looked again at a photo I put up on the bathroom wall – It’s the corn cockle growing in a field of corn, as you might … Continue reading

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Garden notes number fourteen; swarming things, tulips

For entertainment at my birthday party – I would have been eleven, I think – my father brought home from work a film projector, a little screen and several short educational films made by companies like ICI and BP. We … Continue reading

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