The Wild Flower Calendar

20 June 2014 // Mathew Clayton //The Wild Flower Calendar

June: Horse Chestnut Illustration: Greg Stevenson Words: Mathew Clayton The horse chestnut tree has the most extraordinary flowers that we often don’t appreciate because they grow above eye level. Frilly with dots of yellow and red they remind me of decorative pieces of ceramic that graced sideboards and mantlepieces in the 1970s. If they were […]

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Lost Map’s Island Hop

21 May 2014 // Events //Islands //Mathew Clayton //Port Eliot festival

Photo by Becca Bailey We spent a marvellous Sunday at Lost Map’s inaugural Island Hop, eating, drinking and listening to some great sounds in the nautical (ish) surroundings of Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Musically, Rozi Plain held a captive audience with her sparse, finger-picked electric folk, and it was great to see Johnny Lynch […]

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The Wild Flower Calendar

29 April 2014 // Mathew Clayton //The Wild Flower Calendar

April: Lesser Celandine Illustration: Greg Stevenson Words: Mathew Clayton Pilewort sounds like the name of a New Wave of Heavy Metal bands that Sounds championed in the 1980s, but is in fact a common name of the lesser celandine, a small yellow flower currently massing underneath hedgerows and along damp grass verges. A harbinger of […]

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The Wild Flower Calendar

10 February 2014 // Mathew Clayton //The Wild Flower Calendar

January: Snowdrop Illustration: Greg Stevenson Words: Mathew Clayton I spotted my first flowers of the year two weekend’s ago in the local churchyard: a single snowdrop growing at the foot of a tree. I stopped for a minute to look and involuntarily found myself smiling. Snowdrops are beautifully proportioned, the flower just the right size […]

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The Next Caught by the River Social Club

11 February 2013 // Allotment Watch //Events //Film/TV //Mathew Clayton //Miscellany

After the huge success of 2013’s first Caught by the River Social Club, we’re excited to be able to announce our next event at the Queen’s Head (on 7 March). This time we’ll be showing a couple of phenomenal short films alongside talks from regular Caught by the River contributors. The Social Club line up […]

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