Category: Prose

Calamity

It is Holocaust Memorial day although since the word originates from religious burnt offering, it does seem paradoxically pejorative particularly in reference to the genocide of European Jewry – Shoah meaning calamity, destruction is often preferred. Putting aside semantics the day recalls the persecution, destruction and disappearance of millions,…

In the shadow of the Guadarrama

I’m joining in with Jo’s Monday walk with a synopsis of a three-day trek in the Sierra de Guadarrama. Not so much dancing with wolves – though they are here – as walking with donkey. This Spanish adventure was on my agenda a year ago,…

New for Old in the Forest

The name is as recent as 1079 when King William requisitioned this most ancient common land as a royal hunting ground. And today the New Forest is a Natural Park of open sandy heathland interspersed with boggy wetland, as well as deciduous and coniferous…