Beautiful Barnacles

One thing I miss living on a stretch of chalk coastline is a good old boulder. The best we manage in Broadstairs is a knobbly, football-sized flint. Today I am in St. Agnes, Cornwall, where gigantic rocks are ten-a-penny. Their smooth, static hulks litter the shoreline where they have been torn from the cliffs, molested […]

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In Search of Captain Poldark

If, like me, you have been seduced by the BBC’s panoramic revival of Winston Graham’s Poldark saga, you will probably have developed certain urges. They might very well relate to the handsome, raven-haired Captain Ross, played by Aidan Turner, or his beautiful, impetuous wife Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson. Despite the couple’s undoubted allure, my passions have been aroused by […]

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A Ghost Story

Here in Kent it does not feel very much like Halloween. Up the road in Gravesend the warmest ever October 31st was recorded this afternoon, when the mercury peaked at 23.5 degrees centigrade. In our Broadstairs garden it was a shade cooler, but t-shirt and shorts weather nevertheless. A splendid day for gardening, only not quite […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Petasites fragrans (Winter Heliotrope)

Our flying visit to Cornwall was punctuated by heavy showers and sunny spells. Farmland around St Agnes was sodden, little tin streams swollen and beaches stripped bare by the storm tides. But where there was shelter one could still find the odd red campion (Silene dioica) in bloom and the curious vanilla scented flowers of […]

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