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Fire and Ice

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Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. ~ Robert Frost in Fire and Ice
Frost went on to say he favoured fire. I wonder what he'd make of today's frosted VP Gardens and the reports of the polar vortex with numbing low temperatures in the USA?
We have snow forecast for later on today. Stay warm everyone.






A Year in Birdsong

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Last year I joined a creative writing group. Unlike my friends, writing fiction at first was way outside my comfort zone. Listening to the birdsong from my bed one morning, led to this piece of longform nature writing instead. It seems fitting to offer it to you in celebration of this year's Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place this weekend. The links below will take you to the RSPB's information and birdsong audio file of each bird mentioned, so you can listen along as well as read.




One day - possibly in January and definitely by February - there's a sense that spring is beginning to win its fight with winter. At last there's a hint of warmth behind the sunshine and the air seems washed clean, leaving a sky of benign blue. The clincher for me is the first song of the year from the great tit. You may know it; the loud call which sounds like a squeaky gate or a wonky wheelbarrow. It sounds clear and true in the trees at the side of our garden, and sometimes there'…

Postcard from Marcherland

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Unusually for NAH, he took holiday destiny into his own hands and booked us in for a last minute week away in the Welsh border* just after Christmas. This is the view from our cottage door complete with frost, rolling hills, farm buildings, sheep and architectural trees.

I was a bit grumpy when NAH suggested it, convinced nothing would be open. I was proved wrong... there was just enough, plus the draw of a friend to catch up with who has recently moved back home after many years of living in Seattle.

We visited NAH's beloved Tal y Llyn railway and for me there were the gigglesome yews of Powis Castle decked out in twinkly lights beneath their green skirts. We partook of the world's slowest pub crawl in Bishop's Castle, where I taught everyone the delights of windmill dominoes.

We found the canal at Welshpool and revisited the marvellous lost-in-time Bunners hardware store in Montgomery. There were frosted walks for us all, plus mountain biking for NAH to complete the mor…

Incoming Mail

My article in ⁦@weekendmagazine⁩ on terrariums. Thank you ⁦@jarandfern⁩ and the wonderful ⁦@VegPlotting⁩ for a fun afternoon hunting out house plants! pic.twitter.com/xrkwP5D9kv — Constance CraigSmith (@Concraigsmith) January 5, 2019


Lovely mention of Veg Plotting in this weekend's Mail. We had a great time investigating how to make a terrarium with Jar and Fern late last year. Naturally, a terrarium is now on my project list for 2019. I need to investigate suitable sized plants first...

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day: This is My Life

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A philosophy for life and a poem to mark the New Year. You can read the full poem here (note especially the last line). The scene is part of Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa, taken on NAH's 65th birthday last September.

May 2019 be filled with dreams and wonders for you and yours 😊