The Healing of a Broken Heart

The Healing of a Broken Heart

I was reflecting the other day on my impending return home to Lancashire to see my mum. Since I left the place of my birth, I have tried to visit her regularly, but that usually meant a weekend. Time is short, and so it has been rare to have the opportunity to revisit the wild [...]

When the Mist Descends

When the Mist Descends

I follow Robert Macfarlane on twitter and particularly look forward to reading his word definition tweets. One that caught my attention recently was an Irish/ Gaeilge word,  “ciúnas gan uaigneas”, which literally means “quietness without loneliness” A phrase, he explains, that carries a sense of peaceful solitude, of being beyond the usual chaos & noise. I [...]

A Corrupting Silence

A Corrupting Silence

There is a silence that corrupts the soul, As a lonely man walks down a road. A mental tut, a tapping shoe. I know all about you!   A story is told that’s deep and long And very possibly entirely wrong!   Condemning, simmering, quiet hate The need to dissect and then berate The cigarette, [...]

How lists and diaries bring me joy!

How lists and diaries bring me joy!

The high call of a circling buzzard, Heady smell of wild garlic – spring is coming! Embers glowing in the last of a woodland fire, Sweet peas greeting me home and Evening sunlight spread richly across golden wheat fields. Blackberries waiting to be picked, Red wine on a dark night, Intense stare of a robin, [...]