Common Ground – November 2022

“November glooms are barren.” William Ernest Henley It turns out that I spoke too soon about the ladybug swarming. Here in the valley we had at least four days of it. It was moderate level ladybug swarming this year. In past years there was usually one day of overwhelming prisoner… Continue reading

Common Ground – October 2022

“Obstacles don’t block the path. They are the path.” Buddhist proverb The rituals of fall are well under way here in the valley. The chimney has been cleaned and the kitchen wood stove taken apart and cleaned. And my least favourite part of that process, putting the cleaned pipes back… Continue reading

Common Ground – March 2022

I’d rather have the flowers Our simple fathers knew Than these new-fangled blossoms Of every shape and hue I’d rather have a skylark Than a parrot at the Zoo. ~ Reginald Arkell  –  Green Fingers ~ February, the supposedly short month, felt endless this year. A Wuthering Heights weekend of… Continue reading

Common Ground – February 2022

“….here I stand, not only with the sense  Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts That in this moment there is life and food For future years.” Wordsworth  Tintern Abbey It’s easy to think of February as the lowest point in the winter or even the whole year. It is… Continue reading