‘When sparrows come…

The dawn chorus outside my window is not the melody of songbirds. It is the sociable badinage of the morning’s posse of sparrows, congregated in the gutter under the roof. It is surprisingly loud. One doesn’t usually think of sparrows as raucous, but this early...
Bird joy

Bird joy

A favourite walk from our house is along the pier to the red-and-white lighthouse, now redundant, that still stands guard over the entrance to the estuary. The pier runs south through the rocks and mudflats below the tideline before turning east alongside the channel...
No more normal

No more normal

  One of the joys of living by the sea are the ever-changing views across the estuary. But the severe frost and snow of recent days took change to a new level, to near unrecognisable. The water draining down the cliffs turned into yard-long organ pipes of glittering...
Winter days, writing blues

Winter days, writing blues

It’s not that I mind winter. No – I love the pale light, the incandescent sunsets over the estuary and the icicles dripping from the gutter on frosty mornings. But it plays havoc with my schedule. I am, irredeemably, a lark. Morning is my bright time, my...

Cuthbert trilogy: Christmas special!

The three novels of the Cuthbert trilogy – Cuthbert of Farne, Place of Repose and A New Heaven and a New Earth – make a great gift for Christmas!  The special offer price of £29.99 includes post and packing, click here to order:...