Tag Archive for Keats

Walking the Chilterns

Twenty minute blogging project – day four A Sunday evening of stillness and wood pigeons cooing, magpies skirting low over fields, raking the freshly turned soil. Flutters of sparrows, easily startled, gorge on seeds, while crickets chirp. Flies drone and the hedgerows speak of the coming autumn: ripening sloes, chestnuts swelling and the first turnings…

The Wild Places

20 minute blog post – day 2I’m feeling out of sorts this holiday. For the first time in five years, I have not made a summer visit to Tiree and lived the removed tranquility of a remote island: the joy of waking to – at least when the weather is favourable – views over to…

Facebook 10 Influential Reads Challenge

I was finally challenged on Facebook earlier today to list ten books which have influenced me. Normally, I am not enamoured by such tasks, but this one got me thinking…about what I actually remember, what stuck with me and what in some way shaped me. As I started to type, I became more and more…

Beyond ‘the fever and the fret’

Review of John Keats: A New Life by Nicholas RoeThe Hebrides are one of the wildest landscapes in the British Isles. Even today, reaching them from the mainland is no small endeavour. Battered by the wind and waves of the mighty Atlantic, their beauty is often in the bleak and the rugged, while their history…