Category Archives: Plants

The Galanthophile

A man I once knew was prone to talking about snowdrops at this time of the year. He was a galanthophile — a collector of snowdrops — and from the beginning of February to the middle of March was in … Continue reading

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Smells Like Castile Spirit!

The harvest has been reaped across Castile in central Spain, 2016 turning out to be a bumper year by all accounts, with some farmers reporting upwards of ten tonnes of grain per hectare. Bar the occasional dazzling yellow field of … Continue reading

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Brilliant Trees

At some point in my early teens, a copy of my home town’s strategic plan (breezily and optimistically titled something along the lines of “Ennis: A Vision for a Town Striding into the New Millennium”) fell into my hands. Reading … Continue reading

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Mugwort

Before the use of hops as bittering, flavour and aroma agents of beer became widespread in the late Middle Ages, all sorts of weird and wonderful herbs were employed to achieve the same effects. These herbs are known as “gruit” … Continue reading

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Water, Water

It’s always wonderful to go on holiday, as we will be next week. All the usual worries and stresses will be parked for three weeks while our little nuclear family kicks back and mingles with extended family, in- and out-laws. … Continue reading

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