Monthly Archives: February 2016

An affair to remember

Much of my time at the moment is devoted to orchids, the places in which they’re found, and the people involved with plants and places alike. While that’s my primary focus these days, it wasn’t always thus. I’ve been a … Continue reading

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Of blogs, bookshelfies and broomrape

A great deal of my time in recent months has been spent conducting research for my forthcoming orchid book. A good proportion of this has been online, following tenuous leads through the twists and turns of the internet, chasing stories … Continue reading

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A day in the Shetland wildlife

I recently read elsewhere in the blogosphere a writer’s day-in-the-life piece, one that set me thinking that I ought to do something similar. Without going into a blow by blow account of what constitutes a typical day for me – … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on love

The days are so short here in Shetland during the winter. Some days, when the sky is low and seems too small for all the clouds crammed into it, it barely gets light at all. I shouldn’t be surprised after 13 years … Continue reading

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Rare Bird Alert

Since Christmas I’ve been writing the weekly Rarity Round-Ups for Rare Bird Alert – concluding with one this week in which a contentious gull practically on my doorstep featured largely. It’s always a pleasure to compile these weekly summaries of … Continue reading

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