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I am prone to moments of madness, of deciding to do something that really is unrealistic normally because I am constantly in denial of how demanding my job is. So here we are at the start of November and I have decided to participate in NaBloPoMo (I think that’s the right acronym, it hardly trips off the tongue). So what does this mean? It means I will be (remember to sound positive)… Read More

My garden is smallish and with my plant addiction I need to prioritise plant space so good-bye lawn.  Who needs a lawn anyway? Some would argue that a lawn is a counterfoil to borders and sets them off; it’s somewhere to rest your eyes.  This is true and I totally agree  – if you have the space to create vistas and if you have so much planting that you need to rest… Read More

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I am a passionate gardener, so my response to today’s Writing 101 prompt about what I do when not writing is easy. The majority of my time is spent at a PC in my office at the University where I am an administrator so in fact I spend the majority of my time writing something or other at home or at work. Gardening… Read More

The boy jumped for joy, he jumped because he could. He could run and jump, laugh and cry, he could express himself how ever he wanted. He was free. The boy was free of tyranny, free of oppression. He no longer woke at the slightest sound in the night, in fear of his and his family’s lives.  He no longer listened at doors to adult whispered conversations, not for his ears. He… Read More

‘Treasure’ – an interesting word which immediately conjures up images of pirate loot, piles of gold and jewels but it means so much more. I treasure the relationship I have with my sons. Both grown men now. I have bought them up as a single parent since they were 2 and 3. We have a special bond, and I feel so lucky that we, as adults, are friends , sharing jokes and… Read More

So today’s writing assignment is to make a list. Either a list of things I like, things I have learnt or things I wish.  I feel the latter two would lead to too much philosophising and making a list of Things I Like on a chilly misty morning seems a good way to start the day. 1. Colour – I love colour but especially reds, purples, and oranges.  They are an injection… Read More

Why do I write?  Because I can’t help myself.  I need to let out the thoughts and whitterings that run around my mind.  As Sylvia Plath said: “I write only because There is a voice within me That will not be still” I am a restless soul with a mind like a mad chirping bird that flits from one thing to another.  I try to calm my mind, to focus on one… Read More

This year I will be writing a monthly post for the Hardy Plant Society on my Plant of the Month. January’s post is up here and it is on Christmas Box. Now to write February’s

I have a guest post on the Notcutts website on my favourite subject at the moment – the world of horticultural shows.  You can see it here