Challenging Habitat Blog

Morning on the river

On the river before the rest of the household stirs. Reflections on a summer of sun and rain, new and old, labour and fruit, adventure and stability, whirlwind activity and calm. So many good things and experiences to… Read More

Frosted Bluebell

Working from home during lockdown saves me and my carbon footprint a daily 1.5 h commute and I have more flexibility with when and how I start my day. Some mornings just beckon a walk along the river!… Read More

Outdoor Daily III

Cold weather rewards: I love those little towers of ice extruded from the soil during a mild frost. I say ‘extruded’ because they are all topped with a little crown of soil (or an acorn), indicating that they… Read More

Outdoor Daily III

It’s cold in Cornwall (+1°C, feels like -6°C with the wind chill), although calling the weather ‘the beast from the east’ is exaggerating the situation somewhat. It’s not -30°C! Nevertheless, it is heartening to see new growth in… Read More

Outdoor Daily III

One of the few benefits of working part-time from home during lockdown is the ability to arrange my working hours around the weather and tide. Within reason, of course. So today, just before 9 am, I carried my… Read More

Outdoor Daily

Damp ferns glistening. I very much enjoyed the 12 weeks of near- uninterrupted sunshine in Cornwall. It made lockdown bearable. But soils dried and despite watering, some of the new woodland trees, planted for my carbon footprint offset,… Read More