The Government may insist winter doesn’t start until December 21st (which is why they can have an Autumn Statement this month) but winter has definitely arrived everywhere else outside Westminster. On Sunday night we had our coldest night in London all year – in fact last winter was so mild I think it might have [...]
Round our neck of the woods, everyone seems to be having a basement fix-up or a loft conversion. The reason I know this is because on every block on every street there is a skip containing a lot of junk of little use to anyone – apart from, if you’re renovating your beds at your [...]
It would be tempting, as autumn slips into winter, to do a tidy up of the plot, a bit of digging of beds, and then leave it until spring. In London, the last two weeks have changed Plot 35a significantly, again. In the first week of November, when I spent a week doing my autumn [...]
I’ve just had a week’s holiday, and spent most of it getting my plot whipped into shape for the winter. At this time of year, there’s a lot of clearing up to do – raking up leaves to make leaf mould, tearing out the last of the spent runner and climbing bean plants to put [...]
The evenings are getting darker, and the seed catalogues are coming through my door at least once a week now. I have to stop myself from over-ordering seeds that I already have. My seeds are organised into drawers, in a slightly obsessive Monica from Friends style, first into plant groups – like roots, brassicas, leaves [...]
The difference between the start of the month, when the days were bright and sunny and a languid Indian Summer warmth hung over Plot 35a, and now, with wind, rain, thunder, lightning, has drastically changed my allotment. Suddenly, as if overnight, foliage has begun to shrink away. Leaves falling off trees and the grapevine has [...]
The hardest part about winter for me is that when I was a kid, I thought it ended at Christmas. It would get cold around late October, the weather continues to worsen then Christmas comes and that’s the end of that.
According to the forecast, the snow is about to hit the UK again this weekend and what many can really think of is the fun that comes within, playing in the snow, building snowmen and snow fights…
Dr Norman Rosenthal is used to looking outside the box for answers to conditions such as seasonal affective disorder and post-traumatic stress. His work has sometimes put him at odds with a largely conservative medical establishment who forget that many of today’s procedures were themselves questioned in the past.
Over the last couple of years I’ve been to Ibiza twice for the closing parties at the end of September, a time when the clubs (and clubgoers) mark the end of the summer season with one last huge fiesta. But last year after I returned home I started to wonder what happens to Ibiza once the season’s over and all the party people have said their final farewells. So I decided to look into it and find out, from the people who remain on the island during the winter months, what life is like when Ibiza goes back to ‘normal’.
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