Author: Elizabeth

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Tappoch Broch

Brochs are tall stone towers, double walled, with viewing galleries. They are almost always situated in Scotland, mostly in the north and on the islands, and dating from the Iron Age. The most famous one is on Mousa. This one is the southernmost, and the closest to us, the Tappoch Broch at Torwood near Falkirk.…
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September 17, 2020 0

Farewell Summer

And just like that, it was gone. Once the ivy is in flower, you know, but the signs were all there. All the flowers in the garden are busy setting seed, and the trees are bright with rowan berries, rose-hips, haws. The last field has been cut and all the small birds have disappeared from…
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September 10, 2020 0

Living La Vida Lockdown – the Reset

Being Alive Tim Ingold Reading this was tough, and I’m not sure how much I got out of it. Ingold says he is an anthropologist not a philosopher, but there was an awful lot of post-phenomenological explanation in it, and though I like some of its assumptions, a lot of it felt like verbal games,…
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September 2, 2020 0

Living La Vida Lockdown – the Books

Not as many as you’d think, but some of the books I’ve been reading have been fabulous. One trend I’ve noticed however – the number of men who are writing about herbs! I’m sure when Haggards came out it was mostly women who liked the herb poems, but lately things seem to be a bit…
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August 17, 2020 0

August in the Territory of Rain

It is harvest time now, and the air is hot and heavy. The forecast promises us three days of thunderstorms, but so far the air is still and grey. SEPA have issued a flood alert, but actual floods are relatively rare here, as we are on the higher bank of the river.


August 10, 2020 0

Living La Vida Lockdown – Venturing Out

In Scotland we have just taken the biggest step forward out of lockdown, and things are tentatively opening up again. I’ve had a chai latte in a coffee shop, and we’ve had a proper visit from our daughter and grand-daughter. We are beginning to go a little further on walks – this photo was taken…
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July 27, 2020 1

Midsummer Morning

We have got to Midsummer’s Day, and the weather is hot and sunny. The birds nesting in the garden have all flown, and people have begun to cut their hedges, and along by the river the yellowhammers are just leaving the nests, with their distinctive calls racketing through the hawthorns and alders they seem to…
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June 24, 2020 0

High Summer in the Territory of Rain

This post is likely to be a bit image heavy. Though I haven’t taken any photos outside my garden for what feels like months, there seems to have been a lot going on. The birds have all fledged in a rush, and the garden is full of baby starlings, gathering up the others of their…
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June 8, 2020 0

Living La Vida Lockdown -The Burnedthumb Ring

I expect a lot of us have made random purchases during the lockdown. I know one family who bought a tap floor for dance practice, and a lot of people who got seriously obsessed with Animal Crossing. Then there are customised facemasks and wish-listed box sets, plus all the things we bought to help out…
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May 27, 2020 0

Living la Vida Lockdown-Here Comes the Sun

It’s the warmest day so far, and the garden is looking quite pretty. I’m not the only one taking photos today – my daughter has caught me in the act of actual gardening, harvesting thyme. I have moved on to the planting out stage, the tomatoes are in the greenhouse border, and the aubergines are…
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May 20, 2020 0