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The Long View

The Long View

We came home today from Shropshire and as it was such a beautiful day we drove over the hills that overlook the cottage where Simon’s mum lives.

This is The Long Mynd and the views really are spectacular!

I’d like to add that this evening Simon’s daughter, Charlotte, gave birth to her second child, a little boy called Matthew Paul. Congratulations to you Charlotte, partner Danny and big brother Callum 🙂

Welcome to the World, Matthew! This is some of the awe-inspiring beauty that awaits you.

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Erica

Erica

I’ve been ever so tired today which is not really surprising! After the District Nurses came to re-dress my wound I managed a short walk around our gardens in the beautiful sunshine.

It’s still very cold here but the sun is most welcome and really lit up our spring flowers with a warm glow.

I’ve chosen this beautiful Spring Heather to share with you today. Winter/Spring Heathers are called Erica, from the latin word for heath or broom, and late Summer/Autumn Heathers are called Calluna from the Greek kallunein, “beautify, sweep clean”.

I write this as many hill farmers in Scotland are clearing their grazing lands by burning away the heather and long grasses.

Unfortunately, there have also been some serious wildfires breaking out in the west of Scotland after very cold but dry weather. Other parts of the country are still suffering from the unseasonable cold and snow.

Whilst I’m enjoying the beautiful heathers here in the South my heart goes out to everyone affected by the snows and wildfires in the North. Particularly our farmers!

For information on the fires visit the BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-21999542

For information about varieties of Heather for Spring or Autumn visit the RHS at http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/searchbynameresults?nm=heather&op=0&pn=1