Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
We visited Dunbar's Close Garden, off Edinburgh's Canongate, yesterday as part of the Bank of Reason walk. This walled garden is laid out in a 17th-century design, with yew hedges, clipped hollies and fruit trees. In those days, all the rich people lived on the Canongate. They had land and created formal gardens.
The garden is named after the Edinburgh writer, David Dunbar, who owned buildings on either side of the close in the 18th century. These days, Dunbar's Close Garden is looked after by Edinburgh Council's Park Service and is open to the public.
Green Yonder Tours is a company that specialises in tours around the hidden green areas of Edinburgh, including a tour devoted to the Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile (including the Dunbar's Close Garden). You can visit their website here.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
If you can’t be at the Wave you can make a Copenhagen Pledge at the Christian Aid website. Or you can join the 10:10 campaign – visit its comprehensive website and sign up here.
Thinking Green - you can find out more about how to participate in this weekly meme of Green Thinking here.
I'm delighted too that Michelle of Rambling Woods has awarded me the Green Thinker Award
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
down the narrow street -
privet hedge -
and Dave at Via Negativa sums up why those of us who love birds don't always love wind turbines.... you can read his post here.
for Nature Notes. You can find out how to join in here!
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Jane Urquhart beautifully evokes the landscape of the area round the lake and the tragic loss of the once vast woodlands that fuelled a huge timber trade until the trees disappeared and barley was planted until the land was robbed of its fertility.
The novel also beautifully studies artistic practice, Jerome's own work as an earth artist, his partner Mira, who is a performance artist and the tactile maps Sylvia makes for Julia, her friend who is blind.
It's a beautiful, rich book and as its that time of the year it may well be one of my books of the year!
A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart, published by Bloomsbury
Monday, 23 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
The woodland is one of the few areas of ancient woodland in West Lothian and covers an area that was previously used as a shale mine (or so we were told by a cyclist who stopped to chat with us for a while). Large parts of the area are covered in very old birch trees like the one below.
The paths through the woodland were very muddy! We saw lots of birds, including a group of redwings flying about, a couple of bullfinches, a crow mobbing a buzzard then later four buzzards circling overhead with a possible fifth calling off to the side. Also a flock of around 30 lesser redpolls flying from birch tree to birch tree to hang in the branches to feed. On the way back into Edinburgh we saw a young swan sitting on a grass verge by the main road, with a police officer making notes by its side. That would have made a fun photo..... (Crafty Green Boyfriend took the photos in this post as my camera batteries ran out!)
Friday, 20 November 2009
Many areas of the UK have seen huge amounts of rain over the past day or so. It has reached an emergency situation in some areas of the north of England. In central Scotland we've got away pretty lightly. The train line between Glasgow and Edinburgh was flooded yesterday and trains were moving very slowly and there was a lot of flooding in the fields (which is where I saw the ducks!).
I took the photo above at Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve, back in September. You can see some more of my photos of Caerlaverock here. It seems to fit though!
for Weekend Reflections.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Talking of green shoes, my everyday winter boots, which I've had for many years, resoled them and re-heeled them many times, now are reaching the end of their useful life. I am looking for lace up ankle boots with a medium height sturdy heel. As a vegetarian, I am keen to at least try to find an alternative to leather but I can't find hemp boots in the style I want and am reluctant to replace leather with fake leather derived from petrochemicals so what are my options? Any advice welcome! Preferably that I could source from within Europe, even better within the UK.....
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
1. I'm left handed but only with writing, with most other things I'm ambidextrous or right handed.
2. I can't knit.
3. I've never had a pet cat, though I grew up with the neighbour's cats preferring me to their own family.
Monday, 16 November 2009
At the farm we were sad to learn that Red, the horse, has been very ill and cannot be fed by members of the public.
All the animals at Gorgie City Farm are available for sponsorship. You can pay a set amount every year to go towards the animals' upkeep and in return you get a certificate and photo and news of your sponsored animal. You can found out more here.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
For 1mile² Edinburgh, Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich and the Collective Gallery invite you to join them in forming The Bank of Reason. Working with an ecologist and an economist Zoe and Neil will lead tailored walks to explore the diversity of Edinburgh’s city centre. The walks will be followed by discussions that will feed into The Bank of Reason – a repository of ideas for a sustainable future.
The walks will take place on Saturday 28th November and Saturday 5 December. There will also be activities on the Sundays of these weekends too. You can find out more and sign up here.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
A dog walker stops me. 'You've not got a dog!' he says surprised. I nod and smile. 'But everyone who walks here has a dog!'. He walks on shaking his head, his dog trotting along after him.
A dipper calls loudly and flies quickly upstream.
along the Water of Leith
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Curled up and asleep lies a quietly snoring cat
The birds in the garden gather at the feeder
Watched from the window by an alert furry cat
The autumn evening streets are lit by orange lamps
that light up the rushing groups of rain blurry cats
Here come the groups of children tricking and treating
One of them is dressed up as a sweet furry cat
In the barn there is a scattering of rodents
being chased by a family of hurrying cats
The poet sits at the desk in her small study
On her lap for inspiration her purring cat
Inspired yesterday by the resident cat at the Salisbury Centre, where I facilitated a ghazal workshop