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at home and further afield



Growth in these times

Like this vervet monkey mom, all parents strive to protect and nurture their babies, and work to sustain their healthy growth. And this vervet mom, like so many parents, knows that the world can be a hostile place, even for babies. As this new year begins, hostility does not seem to be in retreat. Continue reading “Growth in these times”

Celebrating seediness


The meaning of the word “seedy” has come to be associated with being unkempt or shabby, rather than being fruitful or abundant, which was the original meaning of the word, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. We speak disparagingly of having “gone to seed”, and admiringly of being “in the flower of youth”. Perhaps this comes from the school of thinking that life is linear, rather than the tradition of thinking in terms cycles of life. Continue reading “Celebrating seediness”

In the zone: The wild pomegranate’s trumpets of orange (Burchellia bubaline)

A favourite with humans and birds, this slow-growing shrubby plant is evergreen, dense, has beautiful orange trumpet flowers clustered in little posies, and it doesn’t grow too tall. It is perfect for any size garden, doesn’t need managing or pruning, just a sunny or partially shaded spot to do its thing.

Why this blog?

This blog celebrates the creatures, birds and plants – the inhabitants and survivors that continue to enrich suburban spaces and the lives of the humans who are fortunate enough to live there too. It also celebrates people who care and highlights practical activities and information on wildlife-friendly gardens. It features images taken in my own garden reflecting that there is still life in suburban spaces, and it reflects on sustainable approaches to gardening and housekeeping. Continue reading “Why this blog?”

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