Monochrome zone: a black and white walk round my village today

A Black and White walk round my village today. I just love it that a in a stride about outside  all bright shades have been erased and noise is muffled and bleached out. Snow glare has sapped  tone and hue from the palette and turned the gaze over to sharp silhouettes. Please do follow us!

So, David Hockney it is over, but not quite.

Thousands of us  stood and jostled  in the grand rooms up the stair of the Royal Academy to see the rendering of our countryside by David Hockney.  And returned home with eyes on stalks to stare at our surrounding woods and fields.  To look at them anew without the mind overpowering  the senses.  I have…

Doing it with vegetables: a bit of a rant on the part of garden designers

The non glossy but very cool Garden Design Journal often has a thought provoking contribution from Tim Richardson. His latest, for September,  will raise a show of hands from garden designers who do not belong to the  BGP. (Big Gun Posse) As one of those types of designer – ie the slightly disgruntled second division…

WWOOFING: a short guide to success

“I cultivate 1 hectare of aromatic herbs and collect wild herbs too, I also have 2 hectares of woodland and 9 donkeys.  The work is mainly manual:  hoeing, weeding, harvesting and drying herbs, harvesting saffron and the taking the donkeys to pasture and clearing in the woods.  We prepare meals and eat in the fields …

Oh lovely Damascus.

Damascene rose, damask fabric and as the guidebook would have it, Dimashq.  The old town is an ellipse – bounded more or less by walls and divided up into different districts – the original pattern is christian, jewish, muslim.  The oldest inhabited city in the world, perhaps.  The Romans came and went, Tamerlane shot through,…

Playing with scale

There is a walk round here that I go on nearly every day.  The landscape is pretty spacious and empty.  We are in Suffolk which is the county of the large skies.  It is what you get with flat ground. London is not much over an hour away by train but this is the empty…