‘I really like it. It looks beautiful, the colours are lush and it’s a refreshing perspective on the world. I love the idea of excellent dates engaging with Pliny’s figs and mushrooms, your thought provoking note on innocence, and the concept of the songs of men deep in the heart of grape buds’ – Nicki

To shout with grass

To shout with grass

Isn't that exhilarating, the land shouting with grass?  And due to successive years of dousing rain, it feels lush and burstingly, verdantly abundant.   There would be five or six wet and wonderful years when there might be nineteen to twenty-five inches of rain, and...

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The colour of poppies

The colour of poppies

A searching definition for the precise shade of California poppies, as recalled in Steinbeck's East of Eden.  Not orange, you understand, but golden cream.And mixed with these were splashes of California poppies. These too are of a burning color - not orange, not...

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The smell of the seasons

The smell of the seasons

A powerful recall of childhood memories regarding the names of plants, the homes of toads, the awakening of birds and the smell of both seasons and...

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Of mathematical timelessness

Of mathematical timelessness

Yes, I have a lifelong attraction to the 'timeless', namely, things which retain our admiration or affection over centuries or millennia, due to an...

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The virtue of living quietly

The virtue of living quietly

Beware the gilded cage, although I don't believe that living a life on the land need contradict individualism.  In the sense that you may develop a...

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Our land is a poem

Our land is a poem

A lovely description of a landscape as poetry in motion, slow sedimentary layers added by successive generations.  Maybe recent layers showing...

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An amazing day

An amazing day

James Rebanks describes a touching element during a class visit to his farm, where one little boy finds solace in simply gathering some eggs or...

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A father’s wish

A father’s wish

James Rebanks describes a nuannaarpoq moment with his daughter, watching a white owl hunt.  And he wishes her all a loving parent could wish a child...

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More please

More please

As many who dip into some social media realms may have noticed, there's plenty of absolutes, extremes and anger out there.  Peace.  Breathe. ...

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Slow mo long term

Slow mo long term

I love the slowness of timber growth and durability.  Years ago my brother introduced me to the notion of tempering timber to make it more...

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Ode to an orange

Ode to an orange

Elizabeth Bowen's mouth-watering description of eating a Sicilian orange in Rome deserves a place at the Nuannaarpoq table.  And I read it a few...

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A singing sense

A singing sense

This enigmatic statement by Elizabeth Bowen caught my eye, even though I'm not sure what it means.  Only that some roads invite you to follow them? ...

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Man has a long time to go

Man has a long time to go

Some wise words from Aaron Copland to a young Leonard Bernstein.  They maintained a close friendship and correspondence for decades, and I like the...

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Finding peace

Finding peace

An interesting piece of aunt-like advice from Martha Gellhorn to Leonard Bernstein.   She emphasises the importance of not only finding a nugget of...

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