Browsing All posts tagged under »Berkshire«

A Wintry Riverside

January 7, 2017


Fifteen feet away, the wide River Thames rolled past, dark and deep and mysterious is the sullen-not-quite sunrise. Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield  

Mick’s Allotment

September 12, 2016


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


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

Cliveden on Thames

April 23, 2015


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. […]

Tangled Webs

September 25, 2013


“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By […]

Down by the River

June 4, 2013


“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame – The Wind in the Willows All photos copyright Claire Shropshall

The home shire

June 21, 2012


Growing up in a little pocket of leafy, riverside suburbia, I never truly appreciated my home shire until I moved to London. City dwelling is infinitely awesome and I don’t think I’ll be able to give it up for a long time, but smog cloaked urban parks and green spaces are no substitute for the […]