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Contextualisation Jan 17

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‘I cried to dream again’, Caliban in the Tempest

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 will not panic. I will not throw … 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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Notes

This is driving me mad. This technology I mean. It’s taken me hours to do this        

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For the future and the past,

Some photos with notes Homework first. This is a geranium. Got that? 2020 what a great year in the garden. Practically invisible on this phone. Look on a computer if you can. The photo of the echium is one I … Continue reading

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My computer is broken

and the helpful man in Stamford Hill Computers is trying to find a mother board, interesting term, but she won’t be arriving for some time. It took me a while to find my password, which I don’t need on the … Continue reading

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round and round in my head

A nice surprise yesterday, a comment on Peniarth-uchaf and Peniarth Uchaf 2, nearly seven years after I wrote them. I liked that place and the pieces I wrote about it. Here’s the Kardashian building again, which has been nick-named the … Continue reading

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the robin, herbivores in the garden, patriotism, utopia

Bryn Terfel was on R3, a little caption speech for Mendelsohn’s ‘Elijah’ which he listened to at a concert years ago with ‘tears rolling down my cheeks’. I don’t think they roll, do they? not in the sense of turning … Continue reading

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garden notes no. 30 Allium angulosum, morning glory, cleansing cobwebs, bees and bulbs

Red hot pokers are named for their unattractive orangey-red nakedness. But this yellow one is nice, and in a social gathering, clustered, not theatrically isolated. This little clump has been growing at St John’s for years, and stands up well … Continue reading

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garden notes no 29, dahlias, bees, Keats again, a little rant, a mountain memory

What bees and sparrows have in common is their ability to ignore the human presence. This makes it easier to “take part in their existence”. (Keats, see Garden Notes no 21, but here it is again: “I scarcely remember counting … Continue reading

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