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  vision no wonder it looks exotic to me still in it’s full spring garb: it’s a migrant from southeastern United States also a little ancient miracle as it appeared before the bees and made it – thanks to a curious beetle – into our times and my garden where this year another miracle transpired when El Niño teased her flowers out in mid January then the belated winter kept them intact for over two […]

Meet the Migrants


photos from Park Güell, Barcelona © petrahilgers 2015 The other day I’ve been hanging out with Anita for an hour, talking art: she asked me about my trip to Barcelona and we conversed about Gaudi, our shared soft spot for Art Nouveaux and about ceramic art. Anita revealed that her big love are the Post-Impressionists and told me how she went to Amsterdam once and like a child awaiting Christmas she was eagerly anticipating her […]

About Herdwick sheep, Beatrice Potter and being a EU-Migrant in the UK


  ‘I understand for the first time that our sense of belonging is all about participation’ James Rebanks. I accidentally read ‘The Shepherd’s Life‘ by James Rebanks. The accident was caused by the display in a bookshop where it was lying between stories about landscapes and people, and something artificially bright emerald-green in the cover photo caught my eye. Next I took in the title and cover info: a book written by a Lake District […]