Advent Thought For The Day: 24

December 24th: Christmas Eve When I set out on my advent blogging adventure I didn’t have a plan for what I’d write the next day, let alone on Christmas Eve. Yet here I am, twenty four days later, having navigated topics as diverse (some might say random) as borders, the weather, Christmas carols, pickles and […]

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Balmy Boxing Day

I began my traditional Boxing Day post last year by commenting on the unusually mild weather that lead up to Christmas. Had I known then what I know now, I may well have made less of it: the UK is about to record its warmest ever December, with temperatures 4°C above average for the time […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Schizostylis coccinea

Relishing our mild wet winter (so far – I have probably spoken too soon!) is the South African flower Schizostylis coccinea or Hesperantha coccinea. Both names sound more like a form of food poisoning than a pretty perennial, so let’s call it by its common name, the Kaffir Lily. I spotted this spike of pink flowers […]

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Boxing Day Brights

Despite vowing to stay indoors for two days and do nothing but eat, drink, read and be generally indulgent, I was persuaded to get off my backside today for a Boxing Day walk. Typically, the skies have been leaden since Christmas Eve and yesterday it rained pretty much all day. Yet whilst we languish indoors, […]

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