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New edition of The Signs and Symbols Sourcebook

Here’s the good news! Published in Jan 2016, this new edition of The Signs and Symbols Sourcebook has all the content of the original and also features an illustration for most of the entries. It will retail at £30 sterling and will have worldwide availability. The bad news is that the smaller, brown, heavily-abridged paperback edition (which was retailing on this site for £9.99) is now officially out of print. So please do not place any orders for this edition via this site. Thank You!

Blog, Books, Foraging, General, Nature, Uncategorized

The Garden Forager

It’s 26th March which means it’s publication date for this beautiful book!

Illustrated by the divine Lizzie Harper, you can order from me directly or

from your local independent bookshop.  There are lots of events coming up

all around the country, so do subscribe to my site for regular updates.

See you soon!

Blog, Books, Events, Foraging, General, Nature, Photos, Uncategorized

Posh Foraging all over the UK


I have been VERY slack at posting info here (slaps wrist) but all that is about to change. There’s so much going on this year that I’m going to make a concerted effort to post here regularly so that anyone who is interested can see what I’m up to and maybe even come along to a forage somewhere!


The first bit of exciting news is The Hedgerow Handbook is released, in France, in French, on June 4th. The publisher is Larousse, which makes the whole thing even more of a thrill for me, because I still treasure a heavy yellow and black volume, The Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, which I loved and a kid and which is still a favourite.

More news tomorrow. Until then…au revoir!

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I don’t smoke. i don’t drink much. I don’t do drugs. I don’t indulge in clothes much, following a strict ‘one in, one out’ policy. Shoes follow the same rule, now I’m older and wiser about such things.

But where it comes to notebooks I have no boundaries. Almost no boundaries, that is.

Here are a few from my collection. Oh yes, there are more! They have to have decent paper: I don’t like glazing because, yes, I also have a thing about pens and ink. Proper ink, but that’s another story for another day.

Many of these notebooks are really too good to use…but, after all, that’s what they’re for!
If you also have this problem, you can get over it by scribbling like a 2-year old on the first page. But believe me, it’s never easy 🙂

Am I the only one?????

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That delicious old book smell…

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….A study by the Smithsonian tells us why old books smell so very lovely (well, I think they do anyway, and it seems I’m not alone!)
It’s to do with a chemical compound in plants called lignin, which is closely related to vanilla. As the book ages, the structure of the paper in the pages starts to break down, releasing that inimitable fragrance.