The shape of things to come


It’s that time of year again. The days are still hot, the soil still concerningly dry and the breeze still smells of smoke but they are getting shorter. Summer is slowly sliding into autumn. The garden knows it. The leaves on the last potatoes have been yellowing. The beans, so prolific this summer, are finishing. A lone pumpkin is beginning to ripen on the self-sown vine. The red winter kale has finally… Read More

Oh dear, would you look at the state of this place? I don’t know how it gets away from me so. *brushes dust off the table* Ah well, never mind, sit down and have a cuppa with me any way, and tell me what you’ve been up to. How did 2012 come out in the wash? Was the old year good to you? It certainly brought me a great range of adventures… Read More

The lovely Pauline Mak recently requested that I discuss the science behind my opposition to the FV Margiris “super-trawler” in a little more detail. Specifically, she quite rightly asked me to explain why I felt the quota was unsustainable given that respected fisheries scientists like Professor Colin Buxton and Dr Bob Kearney have spoken out in defence of the quota. If I’m going to cite my science degree to claim an informed perspective on the… Read More