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Winkworth Arboretum

October 18, 2017

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Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?  Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—  While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,  And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;  To Autumn by John Keats

Shades of Kefalonia

June 17, 2017

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Indigo, the deep blue contains an abundance of sapphires shining their light through the density, awakening and stirring our consciousness. In the daylight the sea will change, but for now it remains mysterious, obtainable through our imagination. Shades of Kefalonia: Meditations by Jennifer Lynch  

Mick’s Allotment

September 12, 2016

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Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing: – “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade. The Glory of the Garden – Rudyard Kipling All images copyright Claire Shropshall  

Berkshire Summer Blooms

August 28, 2016

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“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature” Gerard De Nerval

Hiking the West Highland Way II

August 22, 2016

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Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North, The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth; Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of the Highlands for ever I love. My Heart’s in the Highlands – Robert Burns  

Hiking the West Highland Way

August 16, 2016

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Behold her, single in the field, Yon solitary Highland Lass! Reaping and singing by herself; Stop here, or gently pass! Alone she cuts and binds the grain, And sings a melancholy strain; O listen! for the Vale profound Is overflowing with the sound. The Solitary Reaper – William Wordsworth All images copyright Claire Shropshall  

Cliveden on Thames

April 23, 2015

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Thus pass the temperate hours : but when the sun Shakes from his noon-day throne the scattering clouds. Even shooting listless languor thro’ the deeps; Then seek the bank where flowering elders croud, Where scatter wild the lily of the vale Its balmy essence breathes, where cowslips hang The dewy head, where purple violets lurk. […]

What’s your food footprint?

February 6, 2013

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Food writer Joanna Blythman recently penned a controversial Guardian article – Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa? She claimed that western demand for super-grain quinoa was pushing up its prices in native Bolivia and Peru to the extent that locals could no longer afford their staple grain and were turning to cheaper junk […]

Britain you’re an idiot, but I still love you

January 23, 2013

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#Snowmageddon is here. After five days of ice and sludge we’re no longer talking about The Big Freeze, The Cold Snap or That Fucking White Stuff. That’s just so 2010. This year our annual snow flurry has become a catastrophic destructive force of biblical proportions, or so the internet would have us believe. It’s the […]