Skippers and skylarks

Skippers and skylarks

A world of summer stretches out beyond the house; the meadows turned to grasslands. Spring’s green carpet has become summer’s sea, the walked-on sward now a haze of hay to wade through, knee deep. It’s a wispy, wind-kissed landscape, all airy stems and plumes translucent in the evening sun. We walk, plucking at the tall [...]

Of willows and watermills

Of willows and watermills

We spent the weekend in Cambridgeshire, walking through watermeadows lined with willows, and making new friends. From the towpath, a glimpse of the Manor at Hemingford Grey , past topiary top hats and rectangular flower beds, has inspired me to track down the Green Knowe series of children’s books by Lucy Boston.  In these classic tales the [...]