Posts by: Olivia Lowe

Walk the Loop took part over the October half-term in the annual Big Draw Campaign which gives rise to host of activities and events across the country. Its purpose is to celebrate the joy and power of drawing and to counter the refrain I hear so often that, “I can’t draw… drawing is a gift […]

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I woke up before 5 this morning but did not mind because I could hear birds singing outside my window including a loud, confident thrush. I remembered that today is International Dawn Chorus Day. What is it about bird-song that can be so touching? Clearly, there are a number of factors at play.

The sheer […]

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Late Summer Foraging

On August 29, 2016 By

Late Summer Foraging

When you go walking in the meadows and woods in late August, it’s always worth bringing along a basket or sturdy container because you never know what fruits and berries you may find. Sweet, juicy blackberries seem to be particularly abundant at the moment.

Foraging for fruit growing wild is pleasurable and […]

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Woodland Fall

On November 1, 2015 By

Woodland Fall

Now it is the turn of the trees in my local woodland such as lime, beech and common oak to turn soft yellow, gold and copper.

Their leaves are falling thick and fast, carrying with them unwanted toxins and excess ballast so that the trees can draw on their core strength […]

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Two trees in gardens local to me are now grabbing my intention. They remind me of pantomime figures flaunting their bright, gaudy costume of leaves.

I have been puzzling over what they are called and have only just discovered their names. Both are trees originating from far overseas, adopted here because they are […]

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Red Oak Leaves

On October 10, 2015 By

Red Oak Leaves

My diary is taking me from the silver maple to the red oak. It is letting go of the green pigment (chlorophyll) of spring and summer that requires a lot of water, light and sun.

With winter approaching, the tree is drawing what resources are still left in the leaves before shedding […]

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The Wonder of Leaves

On October 4, 2015 By

 

Enjoying and Recognising Autumn Leaves

Autumn could be a sad time with the shortening days and unreliable weather if it were not for the leaves turning into a vibrant display of colour.

I always delight in this but find myself asking questions. What type of leaf am I looking at that is turning […]

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The Woodland Trust has embarked on its “Tree of the Year competition” for 2015. We are invited to nominate a tree that we love because it tells a story.

This set me thinking about the many weird and wonderful trees I have seen when exploring the London Loop.

An ancient oak by Warren […]

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Just take a yoghurt pot lid and some kitchen towel cut to fit, soak this in water and sprinkle it with cress seeds.

With regular watering, the seeds will soon transform before your eyes as they swell up, turn a greenish white and then sprout shoots and leaves that are ready to eat […]

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Our home ed group of children and parents sat on logs in a clearing. They had agreed to spend a good minute in total silence listening to the wood around them: the rush of wind through branches, the pink call of a chaffinch and the low growl of an airplane. It was a magical […]

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