Author Archives: Claire Appleby

Supermoon outshines meteor shower

Last week saw two interesting astronomical phenomena, a ‘supermoon’ and the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical rather than circular, which means that sometimes it is closer to the Earth and … Continue reading

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The Tao of grass cutting

I’ve been contemplating the most sustainable way to keep both my lawn and my longer grass under control. I’ve seen a new push mower advertised that claims that its ergonomic design makes it 60% easier to push than other mowers. … Continue reading

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Summer twilight

At this time of year, with most of the summer before us, it seems paradoxical that the days are already shortening and the year progressing inexorably towards winter. But with last Saturday’s summer solstice, that is exactly what is happening. … Continue reading

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Ne’er cast a clout…

The mild weather last month saw me sally forth coatless on my early morning walks, ignoring the old adage to “ne’er cast a clout ‘til May be out”. But does May refer here to the month or to the hawthorn … Continue reading

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Skills, knowledge and consumerism

Three or four hours spent tying knots in the garden this weekend gave me time to reflect on the relationship between skills, knowledge and consumerism. The knots in question are known as square lashing. You start with a clove hitch, … Continue reading

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Early spring rhubarb

At a time of year when there’s not much fruit to harvest in the garden, rhubarb that has been forced for an early crop is a rare treat. Of course, rhubarb is not technically a fruit but a vegetable, and … Continue reading

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Northern lights

Last month Norfolk was treated to a rare sight, the Aurora Borealis. The spectacular show was due to a coronal mass ejection from the sun. This is a fast moving cloud of charged particles emitted when a sunspot erupts, producing … Continue reading

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