Thanks to Gabrielle Maughn who has nurtured and cared for the bees in the wood, after I was incapable of it.
Farewell Tess and Henry from Kali Woods - we have enjoyed your company, your singing voice, your flute, your words and work. A testament to Henry's great skill of immediate anticipation is of course, the Umbrella Solution, which still operates as the caravan window cover, as no other suitable solution has since been found. Come… Continue reading Goodbye Tess and Henry
Struggling to come here for years, I was escorted yesterday by Michael, driven down, lunched at the refurbished Oyster and walked, dogless. It was magnificent and we both vowed to return in the winter when both the trees and land would be naked their great structures more visible. It's a privately owned 80 acres of… Continue reading Staverton Thicks
Paul built the woodshed. A quietly modest contentment at being IN ADVANCE (for a girl who was once labeled and still feels a Late Developer) for we are before the Summer Solstice when earths tilt means the light is still lengthening and the earth plants are still expanding. He also took away the bad decision… Continue reading Belonging and being in Advance
Fresh back from Europe with food still fresh, Joao and Pete came to the wood for their first time. We drank Portuguese red wine that Joao knew, ate cheese and Sardines, talking of their days in Footsbarn Travelling Theatre (I had not realised named after Michael Foots son, Oliver). Tess swung by… Continue reading Spring in the wood
Two years ago hedge laid hazel, doing well on the boundary of the wood. We just made it, before the Beast from the East settled on us, and on our hazel cuttings and on the great leaning ash felled to the ground. Snow came and lay the next day, and took our little temperate island… Continue reading First coppicing group coppice
Sandwiched between Windsor road gardening and the boys drinking at the Woodbine, I walked from Epping Information centre to the pub, meeting the boys (Barry and Dave) half way - amazingly we found each other. Sunday, the place was full of families, walking, on cycles, with and without maps. So the dogs and I went… Continue reading Epping Beech Pollards
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09r3nwl I particularly liked the moment when one of the fungi experts, sourced by BBC radio 4, announced that they were everywhere 'Yes, even here in the BBC studio there would be fungal spoors floating around. What are they up to asked Melvyn Bragg a little more animated than usual. Looking to find a suitable substrait… Continue reading Plant or Animal? Fungi