*** So- the final post from my time in Spain. Sitting here in Cambridge, my window wide open to try to deal with the oppressive heat, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine I’m back there. Therefore, please regard this post as a multi-sensory experience-  just read it before the heatwave ends. *** MADRID … More NEW NATIVES


The Sierra de Guadarrama, in June, is what wildflower dreams are made of. The towering grasses, the swathes of chamomile, the colour. Add the heat, the chirruping of the crickets and the rattle of the azure-winged magpies, and you have a full on assault on the senses- a feast where everything is abundant. This week I arrived back from 5 … More FLORA HISPANICA