10/02/22 Consuming Passions

Last night we (CADS) started rehearsing Alan Ayckbourn’s Consuming Passions which we will be staging at multiple local venues towards the end of April. The author puts it like this: “I describe Consuming Passions as slightly Hitchcockian in we don’t know if the protagonist is mad or isn’t. It’s a little bit of a thriller about aContinue reading “10/02/22 Consuming Passions”

Woodlands, Wine and Winter Insects

Went for a walk through an eerily quiet Flimby Great Wood on Sunday. A very still day with hardly a sound, other than Ishbel muttering under her breath about being dragged through a swamp – again! I didn’t think it was too bad, but the tide mark half way up Jack The Navigator Hound seemedContinue reading “Woodlands, Wine and Winter Insects”

There’s gold on them thar cliffs

It’s January. It’s Cumbria. It’s meant to be cold. This is no consolation when you’re up on a cliff top with wind howling in off the sea, and your main objective is to collect gorse flowers. Even the Oystercatchers had come up from the beach. These were the flowers we were after to make someContinue reading “There’s gold on them thar cliffs”

Sale Fell in January

The idea was to collect gorse flowers for this month’s wine (see Steve’s Wild Kitchen for recipe). The gorse had other ideas, there wasn’t a flower in sight. Leaving Ishbel and Jack the Navigator Hound to climb the fell (these being the two energetic members of the triumverate), I turned my attention to a bitContinue reading “Sale Fell in January”

Walkmill Woods and Mirehouse Ponds

It was a foggy end to the year as we ventured into Walkmill Wood. Robins and Blue Tits serenaded us but the wildlife was more evident from signs than from actual presence. White streaks showed where the favoured perches and roosts were located and trees stripped of bark to head height showed us that deerContinue reading “Walkmill Woods and Mirehouse Ponds”

European Nature Almanack – Jan 2021

What to look for in January from the Baltic to the Mediterranean. Each month we will be looking at what’s going on across the continent in the natural world. Plants, insects, birds,mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Plus, what you can do with plants by way of foraging. This month it’s making wine the easy way. SeeContinue reading “European Nature Almanack – Jan 2021”

8/6/21 News From The Old Cornmill – When Harry Met Sally

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to Harry the Heron, who patrols the stretch of the Derwent by my front door. It would appear that Harry has found a mate (I’ve named her Sally) and you can just make out the two of them in the centre of the picture. Sally isn’t spending aContinue reading “8/6/21 News From The Old Cornmill – When Harry Met Sally”

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