A fuchsia is toppled

The fuchsia had to go. I thought something was wrong with it back in the spring when the spectacular annual profusion of crimson and purple pendulous flowers quickly became blackened …

Our Japanese jaunt

With apologies to Max Boyce We travelled in our thousands to cheer Gatland’s fearless men, Some remortgaging their houses just to rustle up the yen. We tried the local sak√©, …

Hummus be joking

Returning home after a week away in wild wet windy western Wales, I was so hungry I could have eaten a horse chestnut (if there were any left now that …

The visitor

When I glanced out of the window to check the weather, something in the back garden caught my eye, something unfamiliar and unusual. I looked again and spotted an incongruous …

Humans, we have a problem

The nightmare is becoming ever more horrifying. This month alone, the evidence of the insane environmental catastrophe mankind is inflicting upon our one and only planet has been coming thick …

999

Emergency services, which service do you require – ambulance, fire, police or coastguard? Um…the police I suppose. Hold the line caller, connecting you now. South Wales Police control centre, please …

Daffodil time

Perhaps because of the mild winter, the yellow explosion of daffodils (Narcissus) seems to have come slightly earlier than usual this year, adding garish colour to public parks, roadside verges, …

Artes Mundi 8

As I ascended the steps of the National Museum I consciously attempted to clear my head of any preconceptions – an essential exercise if one is to get to grips …

Coriander candour

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an interesting plant. A member of the huge Apium genus of umbellifers, closely related to other important culinary plants such as caraway, carrot, celery, chervil, cumin, …