Monthly Archives: June 2015

Flowers and Fans and Friends

Just back from a brilliant morning behind some of the mysterious locked doors in the galleries of the Fitzwilliam Museum. I was lucky enough to join a study session for the Friends of the Fitzwilliam on the flower drawings and … Continue reading

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Names

In my former life (must think of a better opener, but it’s true!), I was intrigued by the numbers of our eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ancestors who changed their names. I wrote a piece about people who had changed their names … Continue reading

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The Feast of St John

The feast of the nativity of St John the Baptist, which falls on 24 June, coincides, in the northern hemisphere, with the summer solstice, and combines, like its chronological antithesis 25 December, Christian and pre-Christian imagery and activity in its … Continue reading

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Botany South and North: The Saga Concludes!

On the 13th floor of the Arts Tower at the University of Sheffield, you will find the Department of Landscape, the most important such institution in the world, containing such luminaries as Professor Nigel Dunnett , currently helping the RHS … Continue reading

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Botany South and North: A Two-Part Saga!

A slightly dizzying 24-plus hours, which began at 6.45 on Thursday evening, with an after-hours tour of Cambridge University Botanic Garden, conducted by the incredibly knowledgeable volunteer guide Richard Price. We started on the Brookside lawn and moved along the … Continue reading

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St Botolph’s Day

Today, 17 June, is the feast of St Botolph: a fact which prompted me to visit his church in Cambridge, inside which, in the 45 years I have lived in the city, I have never previously ventured. Pausing only at … Continue reading

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Wildflowers with Grit

Acting on information received (thanks, M!), I went along a stretch of the cycle path alongside the Cambridge busway today to photograph a (relatively) rare plant now in flower. Rather than (as in my former life) concentrating on pedalling along … Continue reading

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