Every year the Big Draw Campaign has a theme to inspire those getting involved. It was Living Lines  this year, a theme which triggered all sorts of possibilities in our minds as we prepared to run some three events over the half-term  at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge in Chingford […]

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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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Plant of the moment! Spring Tonics

Dandelion, ‘piss-en-lit’ (‘wet-the-bed’), Taraxacum officinale

You know it: the hedge herb that you can use every part of. The root, harvested in autumn, is an excellent traditional liver remedy, the milky sap a wart cure and what fun to blow the summer seed heads to spread the joy!

The plant’s name […]

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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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