This is an interesting article and it highlights the growing and impressive body of work by Mathew White and his colleagues in Exeter University and beyond. The combination of psychology and economic valuation provides lots of information and data on the value of natural environments not least to our wellbeing. Coastal environments have been shown to improve our health, body and mind. So should doctors start issuing nature-based prescriptions? From: the Guardian… Read More

Now, at last I’m beginning to move to places I haven’t been for some time. I have changed. Thanks to many people.

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. ~ Vaclav Havel

The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great… Read More

Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries, Blackberries on either side, though on the right mainly, A blackberry alley, going down in hooks, and a sea Somewhere at the end of it, heaving. Sylvia Plath, Blackberrying