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This late winter chill has cast an icy glaze over Umbria.
Gaps have opened up in the garden beds along the terrace outside the kitchen: Ceanothus have inexplicably withered; even well mulched Agapanthus liquified in super-cold weather over the winter. I’ve bought these beauties to fill the voids, but when oh when am … Continue reading
The manna ash trees have gone beserk. It took me a while to work out what it was. As I zipped round the countryside – something I’ve been doing a lot of lately – I was mesmerised by great clouds of … Continue reading
On Thursday evening I pulled weeds from the garden beds outside the kitchen until 8pm. What a treat. I felt privileged. Never has a winter felt so long. Except as always, I expect that it has but we forget. Anyway. … Continue reading
As always at this time of year, we’re under siege. It’s not that I’m particularly worried that these bluetits are chucking themselves so hard against the imaginary enemy-interlopers they see reflected in all our windows, though that’s quite distressing too; … Continue reading