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”

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”

Just one cornetto

Mrs Mabbsonsea recently had a Significant Birthday, so a couple of weeks before Easter, we went to Venice.  What a fantastic place!  As Mrs M would tell you, I had resisted going there for 22 years.  Silly me.  I wouldn’t mind going again, actually.  Here are some photos: A canal (um….) Doge’s Palace with SanContinue reading “Just one cornetto”

Nature on ice

Today, Mrs Mabbsonsea and I said a scornful ‘Hah!’ to what passes for snow and ice in this part of the world and headed up country.  I dropped her off at a quilt show, then went next door to Wakehurst Place, which is Kew Gardens in the countryside.  It’s a beautiful place at any time,Continue reading “Nature on ice”