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Swans out of the north, pushed by wind, sweep in like caped cavalry; lanced uhlans in flight from a broken field. A litter of sudden grey stones creep across the pasture – another drop of fieldfares late last night. Smoke … Continue reading

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A Painted Lady Year

It’s a painted lady year in Eskdale. She’s arrived from the fringe of the Sahara in large numbers. She’ll breed here, then her children will return to North Africa without map or satnav. Had a stroll around our small garden … Continue reading

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Actions have Consequences

The Garden of Karma Rain tomorrow they say, but sun today. Set the courgette plants out, four in a row. Cherish the exercise, bend and stoop, Ease them in, add a copper loop To baffle the molluscs. Then splat . … Continue reading

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Black Hole

I’m concerned about the black hole recently photographed – I’ve just planted my first early potatoes. I’m always anxious about singularities and such. Some years ago I was moved to compose this: FIFTEEN POINTS FOR THE END OF THE UNIVERSE … Continue reading

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While the sun shines

Lots of sun of late, which means our solar panels fuel the electric enamelling kiln. Here’s a few things the sun has made:

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What I did at the weekend.

I was called from retirement to be one of four judges at the Beveren rabbit club Centenary Show at Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Here we are again. Last time was at Leamington Spa about 28 years ago. A table of White … Continue reading

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Recent enamels from the kiln

Trees: unleaded blue, painted onto leaded white.

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The Best of Days … The Blurb: Here is a memoir of journeys into deep waters on merchant ships. There are tranquil tropical harbours and violent storms far from shore. We are in the wireless room when ships are calling for help. The … Continue reading

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A certain barn in North Yorkshire

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Hanging on to the past

Originally posted on Out of a living silence:
“The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet–” ― Kobayashi Issa When I lived in Hiroshima from the autumn of 1977 until the spring of 1979, I…

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