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23 February

They have returned, these lines of caterpillars, that the people call Processionària.

16 February

This poem suits the month of February and is always worth reading once more.

A Reader’s Complaint

It’s playtime on Parnassus once more but the first two lines are in earnest. Come to that, it’s all in earnest. Playtime often is!

2 February

Very few of us, firmly established on dry land, help those who gamble their lives and come by sea.

26 January

Sant Cugat is just outside Barcelona. Visit the monastery there if you can, and walk around the cloister.

19 January

Remember to raise a glass to Robert Burns on January 25th.

The sky over Palma a few days before Christmas.

Had Charlotte Bronte looked you in the eye, grasped you by the hand and sat you down next to her at the table in front of a blazing Yorkshire fire in the Parsonage, the message could not have been clearer.

12 January

The escape to Collioure of the Spanish poet, Antonio Machado.

5 January

Janus was the Roman god of beginnings and endings, of doorways and gates, and of change. He could look into the past and into the future and so is shown with two faces.

29 December

If you like this, you can read the whole poem of 'Dorigen'. It's on this site!

22 December

Palma celebrates its Christmas.

15 December

The story of a journey to the city of Soria just before Christmas.

8 December

Put on a thick coat and some tough boots. When it's light enough to see your gate, go out for a walk around the fields. Take it all in. Winter, too, has its story.

1 December

Early December is a good time to start again!

24 November

Today is Grace Darling's birthday.

Signposts for the year

"I really think you had better come and stop with me for a little time," said the Rat.