Journal

January’s moments

January’s moments

Although January lacks the merriment of December’s festive atmosphere, it has its own moments of ritual, tradition and celebration. For us, January always begins with a walk; striding out to meet the new year. Often this is when we share our thoughts for the twelve months ahead, not resolutions, but ideas and intentions. There will [...]

Welcoming winter

Welcoming winter

By half past four the sun’s rays are fleeting. Shafts of light cross the garden floor, low where leaves lie, setting the liquidambar's colours on fire. Tomorrow, at bedtime, we’ll set the clocks back by a precious hour and be ready to welcome winter. The ritual of making a fire each evening makes up for [...]

Enchanted fruit

Enchanted fruit

One of my favourite places at this time of year is a lane at the end of the village that is lined with old fruit trees. Their gnarly branches and lichen-covered twigs lend a touch of enchantment. Tiny pears drop like magic fruits from leafless branches; rosy red apples hang from heavily laden boughs.  There's [...]