Author Archives: Francis Pryor

Getting Ready for the Garden Opening

As followers of this blog will probably have gathered, we are opening our garden, as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), on the weekend of September 17-18th. I won’t say it has caused more hand-wringing and anxiety than even … Continue reading

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The End of Early Summer

We all have different ways of dividing up the seasons. I’ve always thought of summer in three parts: Early Summer, High Summer and Late Summer. All three are about the shade of the colour green. In Early Summer (although not … Continue reading

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My New Book: Stonehenge

I was approached to write Stonehenge late last summer by the Commissioning Editor of a relatively new publishing house called Head of Zeus. At first I have to admit I was slightly sceptical: books on Stonehenge aren’t exactly hens’ teeth. And … Continue reading

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More Soggy Than Blazing…mid-June, 2016

A couple of days ago I dug the first early potatoes of the season. It had been raining on and off for the previous ten days and the soil was more like porridge than earth. My heart sank as I … Continue reading

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The Garden in Late Spring

In a normal year the second half of May is to all intents and purposes part of summer. But not this year – oh no, certainly not this year… As I write, bitter north-easterly winds, sharp showers and even thunderstorms … Continue reading

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Britain and Europe: The Long View

Followers of this blog will know that one of my pet hates is the obsession modern politicians have with short-termism. And hence the name of this blog: In the Long Run. Over the past few months my posts have mostly … Continue reading

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A Frozen Stroll

I don’t think I can ever recall such a bitterly cold April. We’re now in the last week of the month, the wind has refused to switch west or south, so stubbornly chills us from the north and east. Normally … Continue reading

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