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A Few Roses: My Way of Saying Thank You

I’m writing this on a train which is wending its way across those much-threatened sandy heathlands of Dorset, returning from a day’s filming in Cranborne Chase and at Bournemouth University, for a Time Team documentary. Last night in a very … Continue reading

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I Love Strawberry Jam!

I don’t like big productions of any sort. I hate being surrounded by people with strange titles (Production Coordinator’s Second Assistant etc. etc.). Even simple photo-shoots can be hard work, with Photographer’s Assistants, Set and Prop Designers, Food Stylists and … Continue reading

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I’m Doing Too Much…

Everyone tells me that, but it doesn’t help. It’s like telling a depressive that he or she ‘should snap out of it’. It’s fine in principle, I concede, but how does one put it into practice? How does one set … Continue reading

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Flaming (Almost) June

How I wish I could spend longer in the garden at this time of year! Everything is happening at once: the grass is growing like an express train, weeds are popping up from bare earth and suddenly the air is … Continue reading

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Late Spring in the Garden

Time for a quick post before I immerse myself in the frantic, if cultured world of the Hay-on-Wye Festival. Time, too, for a quiet stroll through the garden and assessing the state of the season – and we still haven’t … Continue reading

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Grow Your Own. On Spuds and Broad Beans: Better Late than Never

Is the season at last starting to catch-up? If you’d asked me that a week ago, I’d have probably said yes. Now I’m not so sure, as I sit at my desk, with the south-westerly wind howling around the rafters. … Continue reading

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Forget the Nuclear Winter: It’s a Nuclear Spring!

I was planning to write a nice considered blog about planting potatoes and broad beans – both jobs that I would normally do in mid- or late March – but it has been such a late season. The trouble with … Continue reading

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