Purple Haze

June and July flew by with a flurry of warm days here in sunny Essex – and a purple/pink haze of poppies, foxgloves and buddleia, with the accompanying delight of bees, butterflies and many other insects. The foxgloves have taken over a large part of my garden, started by three small plants transplanted from a […]


What better way to celebrate the continuance of Spring, than bluebells – Endymion non-scriptus A sunny day three weeks ago, along with three friends, we wandered through Weeleyhall Wood, locally renowned for its bluebells. The wood belongs to Essex Wildlife Trust, and plays host to a variety of trees; mostly oaks, but also sweet chestnut, […]


Originally posted on Taking a Leaf…:
When Baring-Gould wrote about the bitter pools and the purple blush of the sea lavender, I assumed that his descriptions, albeit beautiful, were no more than literary tropes: his own artistic hyperbole, hinting towards something fantastical, but nonetheless untrue. Today, I learnt otherwise. The arrival of Autumn has brought…

Rolling Back with the National Coast Path

Originally posted on Wild Writers:
Helen Chambers walks along a vanishing path in Suffolk. Photos © Helen Chambers. The River Stour is a metallic ribbon, lying horizontal across the faded yellow of harvested fields; fields edged with wild oats and vivid late-blooming poppies. Passing the interestingly-named Crepping Hall and emerging at Stutton Ness (‘Ness’ in Suffolk and ‘Naze’…