Eaarth

The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, was interviewed on Radio 4 this morning. He was responding to Typhoon Haiyan, and while he was clear that particular weather ‘events’ can’t be attributed to climate change, he claimed that climate change is making these extreme events more frequent. He said, “Category 5 typhoons usedContinue reading “Eaarth”

The Animal Museum

I had a day at London Zoo. I was there for the John Stott Memorial Lecture, this inaugural year sponsored by A Rocha and given by Chris Wright from Langham Partnership and David Nussbaum from WWF.  The lectures were very good indeed, but the animals were better. There were several parts of the zoo whereContinue reading “The Animal Museum”

Listen!

Today is World Listening Day.   Sponsored by the World Listening Project and celebrating the birthday (80 today) of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, one of the day’s purposes is “to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology” (from http://www.worldlisteningproject.org).  Schafer is one ofContinue reading “Listen!”

Garden Life

Time for an update on the garden.  Everything is doing well, although we could do with some rain soon.  Here on the chalk downs, the soil dries out very quickly.   I don’t know where the water’s going to come from for the fracking that’s being planned a little further inland, but they can’t haveContinue reading “Garden Life”

The First Courgette

On Saturday I picked and ate my first courgette (/zucchini).  Apart from some beet spinach leaves that grow all year anyway, it was the first real produce of the garden to be harvested this year, and so it felt very special.  I sliced it thickly then fried it in butter with lots of cracked blackContinue reading “The First Courgette”

You are nearer God’s heart in a garden

I have been tempted to despair of my garden.  It looked as if nothing was going to happen this year.  Then all of a sudden it seems to have sprung to life. I love the way the early morning sun shines through the leaves of the sycamores and the neighbour’s copper beech when I sitContinue reading “You are nearer God’s heart in a garden”