The Whites Of The Garden

The whites are coming … There are two types of white-flowering rambling rose in our garden and they’re popping open this week. For the glorious purity and grace of the moment, we also have white “mock orange” and some other white plants in bloom at the moment. The white lupins and white viola are amongst … Continue reading The Whites Of The Garden

Vegetable Garden Musings on Earth Day 2021

Organic is best! Today is Earth Day. Yesterday I planted out the roots of parsley, from a supermarket pot of many stems, into the bed that my son had spread compost onto, before he returned to University a couple of weeks ago. The lupin nearby will be making the soil rich with nitrogen. The rhubarb … Continue reading Vegetable Garden Musings on Earth Day 2021

Autumn Mists And Country Sounds

As dawn breaks and the Autumn mists roll in, making the little valley beyond our property invisible, the birds in my organic garden are in full chorus ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWZKLN3mjmI In the background, the urgent bellowing of bulls and the sounds of farm machinery, add another layer to the tone. Soon the leaves on the trees … Continue reading Autumn Mists And Country Sounds

Introducing a Voluntary Financial Donation Facility to The Holly Tree Tales And Why

Some months ago, WordPress notified me that a new facility had been created, which would enable the owners of blogs like my own (Premium and Business themes) to add a payment button to our websites.  At first I decided to 'file' that information, feeling that my technological muscles had been sufficiently challenged and that I … Continue reading Introducing a Voluntary Financial Donation Facility to The Holly Tree Tales And Why

Walking Kindly On This Earth

  Thoughts on how each of us could take steps to walk a little more kindly on the Earth.  A message with a few ideas for little things to do, which many of us (who have the means and the tools to read features online) might easily be able to put into practice. ~ : ~ WALKING KINDLY ON THIS … Continue reading Walking Kindly On This Earth

Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi

    Did you know that today, 4 October, is known and recognised by many in the Catholic Church as the “Feast of St Francis of Assisi” and is celebrated each year? It is a popular day for pets to be ‘blessed’. This feast day commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in … Continue reading Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi

When Bees Are Safer, We Shall Be Safer Too

Below is a combined version of a couple of notes which I wrote about our environment in mid 2013, still sadly and incredibly relevant ... Although great strides have been made, and it looks as though possibly the tide is slowly turning at last, there is much work to be done. We must listen to the signs that the … Continue reading When Bees Are Safer, We Shall Be Safer Too