Author Archives: Francis Pryor

High Summer 2019: Hot and Wet

I think last Thursday, July 25th was the hottest day I’ve ever experienced and at 38.7o Celsius (101.66o Fahrenheit) the thermometer in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden agreed with me: an all-time British record. But it was the humidity that … Continue reading

Posted in Gardening, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Norman’s Pond

First some sensational news: my new book, The Fens is going to be the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week from July 8th-12th!!! This will involve 15-minute readings (not by me), which are broadcast twice daily, most often in … Continue reading

Posted in books, Landscape, My life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

I have it in my hands, my latest book: The FENS!

Writing a work of non-fiction has one event that is never quite the same if you write fiction: it’s that moment when you rip open an envelope from your publisher to reveal your latest book. And there it is, in … Continue reading

Posted in books, Landscape | Tagged , , ,

Back to Nature – Again!

We are living through very strange times. Laying aside the political melt-down which has become part of everyday life in Britain, we also seem to have taken our eye off the climate change problem – what in the 1970s we … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, food, In the Long Run, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Hello to All This…

And what do we start with? Why, sheep of course! I know what I said in my last blog post, but this is what we in Britain once used to be very good at, namely, compromise. I contacted two neighbouring … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, Gardening, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Good-bye to All That

There are times when you have to pause and take stock. A year ago I had my prostate removed and six months before that I’d had a hip joint replaced. I guess it was Mother Nature’s way of telling me … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, Gardening, My life, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

Walking on Water

It all began about three weeks ago when yellow signs appeared warning about a road closure. Then men in red overalls appeared on the bridge that crosses the big dyke near our farm. The following weekend the bridge closed and … Continue reading

Posted in Landscape | Tagged , , , ,