Winter Solstice greetings to you, somewhere between Sutherland
(the least tree-full county in Scotland) and
Cambridgeshire (the least tree-full county in England).
Sutherland where – according to a biology professor I met in Poppy’s cafe in Golspie – the arrival of the Beloved and me in May increased the number of botanists by 50%.
(And I have subsequently met another 25% of those Sutherland botanists, and wandered in her orchid-rich garden. And have also made friends with welcoming neighbours, geologists, smallholders, dog-walkers, teachers, novelists, train-spotters, textile artists, painters, chocolatiers, shopkeepers, ministers, chefs …)
Cambridgeshire where we continue to scythe and rake in hay-meadows, plant hedges, and pollard and coppice in the woods. Despite the ravages of local tree-felling on a massive scale for roadbuilding; scorched-earth new-town-developing; and the heat-and-dust that many others experienced in England… we are glad to report that the mini wood that we planted 24 years ago is still prospering, and indeed provided welcome cover for wild creatures and wild-flower species during the summer.
This year the Beloved and I are spending much of December at Dhruvaloka – “Place of the North Star” – in Brora (58 degrees north), where we found (and later bought) our summer sanctuary last April, pictured here with the trusty removal van.
We have enjoyed – and will enjoy henceforth – sharing Dhruvaloka (and of course, Dalefield) with our creative retreat friends and relations.
Art-making, writing, resting, land-ranging, playing, and porridge-winning.
And we’ll be welcoming in the New Year at Dalefield, Longstanton – home for over 24 years now – where we two continue to spend our winters, rooted in allotment and garden, and working with the grain of greenwood.
Why not find out more on what we’ve been doing – living and holidaying in two places?
And go deeper into my writingpresence writing-for-wellbeing practice.
Explore my website, starting at: