Opening to First Light

Opening to First Light

    Are you noticing a shift? — subtle but unmistakeable?   It happens every year around six weeks after winter solstice. Yes! The returning light (despite kickbacks of chill) begins to bring warmth with it. It can feel like a long wait for this relief....
How green are your fingers?

How green are your fingers?

  I returned to the city after ten days holiday to find my garden burgeoning with growth.   Lettuces, beetroot, and beans were flourishing, new seedlings were doing well, and a poppy grown from seed gifted at Beltane in October was now as high as my arm. Its...
Your creative spirit

Your creative spirit

    Today my new book, The Persimmon Journal, arrived from the printer, box after box, bursting with the joy of birthing. I will say more about this exciting news in a moment. But first I want to ask you a question.     Do you find that some...
Leaving the land

Leaving the land

    The land was on a grazed hillside, that was struggling to regenerate. When we first saw the bach, a coarse bramble arched across the doorway, and the interior smelt of dead ants. From the deck we saw tall bracken that had sprouted from the bare earth....
Glimmerings at First Light

Glimmerings at First Light

  Do you ever have times when you run low on patience, or even hope? — when it seems you’ve been struggling with something long enough, and you feel the situation may never change?   There is a season that knows all about this. It takes place in the...