Chalk Streams and Wetlands: A Story Going Forwards, not Back.

I told you a story once. Perhaps it was last year, perhaps longer ago – I forget….  It was about how a small urban stream, locked up underground for almost a century, was realigned and released once more into the light and how it started to flow with clean water, to grow marsh marigolds and…

Finding Good in Nature: Prayers Around the World.

I’m not a traditionally religious person but I do believe there’s a force for good. Perhaps I see it in the seedling bound with so much hope and promise springing from dark earth. Perhaps I find it in the kind touch of snowflake on cheek in an otherwise bleak world. Perhaps I find it in…

Garden Plans: A Year Full of Flowers with Sarah Raven.

Last year, during the first Spring lockdown, I started to grow a garden. I’ve always had a small yard at the back of my Victorian terrace but I know very little about gardening. It was tired, uncared for and nothing much grew there apart from ivy and straggling shrubs. Suddenly though, being outside became super…

Finding Joy in Mud: A Map of the Adur Estuary.

It’s been so cold and damp here that I can feel the grey creeping into my bones and the fingers of February fog beginning to stroke my heart. Taking a walk in the daylight has kept my sanity in check and I get out into nature as much as I can – scientifically proven to…

Roses and Violets; Valentine Puzzle Purses.

The violets will be flowering soon on the steep, damp banks of country roads and the wood pigeons are cooing from their perch in the ivy every morning. You can feel it in the air somehow – the Day of Love, St Valentine’s Day, is coming round, inevitably, again – even in these most difficult…

The Launch of Apples and People; New Ways of Looking at Apples.

Just a quick post to celebrate the launch of applesandpeople.org.uk featuring The Apple World map that I illustrated last Summer. The website is a virtual prelude to the physical exhibition, Apples & People, planned at the Cider Museum and four National Trust properties in Herefordshire for whenever the pandemic allows venues to open more freely….

A Home to Create in: Literary and Musical Houses of Britain and Ireland.

It’s been a few difficult years for me in the UK. During the run up to Brexit, political divisions within the nations became bitterly apparent and then the pandemic tore the community, economics and security apart even further. Sometimes I’ve felt ashamed to be English and not at home in the country at all. However,…

Magazine Features Published this Autumn: Looking Back with Fresh Eyes.

Autumn seems to be a good time for magazine publications and I’ve been featured in three articles over the past few weeks, all with different takes on my work. The times are hard right now. Many of us are dealing with entertaining/educating children, entertaining ourselves on short neighbourhood walks or simply needing a brain stimulating…