Category: Garden

  • Reflections on a snow day

    Reflections on a snow day

    There used to be such a thing as a snow day – a day for not bothering to try to battle against the weather to get to wherever it is that we needed to be and just take a moment to reflect. This was all but destroyed by the technological capacity to work from home […]

  • Searching for the garden

    Searching for the garden

    The blackthorn is in blossom, the birds are beginning to find their nests once again so spring is, I suppose, upon us as the days begin noticeably to lengthen. WH Auden in his poem ‘For the time being’ writes: “For the garden is the only place there is, but you will not find it Until […]

  • Er Cof

    Er Cof

    In memory of Frances Ann Davies who first inspired this idea in me and who shared her wild welsh poppy seeds. Have you seen the seed selection packets with pictures of prize winning marrows and flowers in bloom like a thousand prisoners those seeds hang on death rows awaiting release sow by date stamped on […]

  • Lle Gorffwys  –  a resting place

    Lle Gorffwys – a resting place

    I have for some time given worth to the idea of a shared common task.  A task other than maintaining a building or a pattern of worship as these things ought to serve the central task rather than the other way around.  Be that common task a community project, or supporting a local charity or […]

  • A Sanctuary and a Light

    A Sanctuary and a Light

    Church Hostel Bangor is up for sale.  aka The Anglican Chaplaincy, more affectionately: AngChap or simply for those of us who lived and worked there ‘home from home’. We were always walking a tightrope whilst juggling the twin identities of this place, Hostel and Chaplaincy.  Whether doing the accounts and applying for money, or justifying […]

  • A world away…

    A world away…

    A.R.T Private Garden.  For visits and more information please contact … etc This sign doesn’t do justice to the glories which are contained within its walls!  Walking the paths, every sense is assaulted with sights, sounds, smells, tastes, colours, textures.  Mint, pepper and citrus, all come together.  Some plants in flower, some in fruit, some […]

  • Going away

    It’s funny the rain, when you’re going away, driving you backwards making you stay. Each raindrop a something forgotten to do, or just one more phone call, or visit or two. Leaving you heavy with burdens behind, yet, given time, evaporates away – much like the worries and cares of the day. So I’m leaving, […]

  • Solar Heated Greenhouse – Progress

    It’s coming along – slowly…  It might even be ready for next year at this rate!! The base is supported on rammed earth piles, sadly I had to use a concrete block on top of each one to get a good enough level, but it is up!!  The pipes are down as you can see, […]

  • Dandelion Lawn? = Dandelion Syrup!!

    The little critters are up everywhere, but before mowing them into oblivion or digging them out, try dandelion syrup. Take as many heads as are out, add the juice of one lemon and a pint of water per 200 – 300 heads.   Adjust as your lawns proliferation of dandelions allows.  Boil, simmer for two […]

  • There goes a First in Human Ecology

    Well who knows what the young lad will be when he is older, yet already old beyond his years with his perspective on animal and human life. A risk assessment, boring by anyone’s standards, made bearable by doing it with the children before gardening! Q. What are the hazards? A. Animals, we don’t want to […]