Thinking In The Dark : Thistles

Thistles, like foxgloves, can steal me away for hours. If I’m passing by a thistle or a whole host of them, I always, always, always have to stop and drink in their presence. The prickles that we see all over the plant are for defense and protect the thistle from being eaten by most animals.… Continue reading Thinking In The Dark : Thistles

Thinking In The Dark : Foxgloves

There's something about the foxglove that commands my attention. It's literally impossible for me to walk past a foxglove without getting up close to it and giving it all of my attention for however long it demands it. And they deserve that attention, friends. Growing up to six feet tall, foxgloves are hardy bastards, who… Continue reading Thinking In The Dark : Foxgloves

Thinking In The Dark : Cobwebs

It's more difficult to see cobwebs now, what with there being so much sun. (Boooo!) I have to look much harder to spot them, and usually need to squint to make out the delicate, glinting spider silk that's set like steel. I miss the autumn months when I'd get up early and rush out into… Continue reading Thinking In The Dark : Cobwebs

Thinking In The Dark : The Stinging Nettle

There are three memories from my childhood that, for reasons unbeknown, creep up on me at least a few times a week. These memories are of the stinging nettle, a plant most of us do our damned best to avoid, unless we know how to utilize it. The first memory is of when my seven… Continue reading Thinking In The Dark : The Stinging Nettle

A Poem For All The Women Who Have Died To Live

I wrote this poem back in 2017. Facebook reminded me of it today. I've read it over and over again this evening. I've needed to. I hope it reaches another woman who needs it too. To All The Women Who Have Died To Live To all the women who have lived and died and lived… Continue reading A Poem For All The Women Who Have Died To Live

The Art Of Catherine Hyde

It's been one of those days today. You know the sort. The sort that leaves your bones weary and you find yourself fantasizing about crawling into bed. As I wind down with some decaff Yorkshire Tea (my supplier in England shipped some over) I'm savouring the soul calming art of Cornish artist Catherine Hyde. “She… Continue reading The Art Of Catherine Hyde

See What I See

I've been using Pinterest a fair bit recently. I find it to be a healthier alternative to Instagram. There's more of 'the good stuff' there, and I tend not to find myself pining for the old days, before the word 'selfie' was thought up by a drunk Australian. When I go there to gather inspiration,… Continue reading See What I See

Joseph Michael

Photographer Joseph Michael has captured some of the most beautiful, nature inspired photographs that I've seen in a long time. The imagery you're viewing below contains glowworms caught on camera in their natural habitat, which just happens to be caves - that are millions of years old - in New Zealand. Arachnocampa luminosa is a species… Continue reading Joseph Michael