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8 May 2020

This is going to be dangerous. We’re opening up slightly, regaining our right to roam – if only within the confines of our own regional borders. But it’s not so much a possible return to infection I’m fearing now (and … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down V

The Acer campestre (field maple) at the south end of the house is humming. In certain lights, from certain angles, it’s a shimmering, murmuring mass. There are unfeasible numbers of bees zipping between the almost-invisible flowers. Sitting below it (we … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down IV

Have any of the number crunchers whose dreadful, mesmeric coronavirus charts I pore over daily ever turned their thoughts, I wonder, to sourdough? Someone surely must have tried to concoct some baking-tracking algorhythm to ascertain the state of mind of … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down III

The scent of broad (fava) beans always takes me by surprise. I never expect such a syrupy, cinnamon-y perfume from a plant which is really quite banal. I mean, I have nothing against broad beans but the plant itself is … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down II

This being confined to barracks does the funniest things to my emotions and perceptions. Everything is in very sharp focus, but nothing seems particularly real. When a plane flies overhead – something that, granted, is fairly rare here even in normal … Continue reading

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