Friday’s Letters


Anyone else melting in the heat wave!?

Hello! As I write this ready for Friday, I am sweltering and hoping that by the time this is published we have some rainfall and respite from the heat!

Also suffering from the heat was this toad who took a swim in my friend’s pond and was captured here trying to climb out! (Don’t worry he was helped out of the pond, and there are areas at the other side to aid safe climbing in and out for amphibians!)

I was also sent this poem about Rosemary by Marianne Moore courtesy of @greenspacesyork on twitter, following on from this week’s creative writing theme on herbs. If you missed Wednesday’s creative writing class you can find a link at the bottom of this page.

Meg found this lovely damselfly taking a moment to rest on her window frame.

Mark sent a photo of this healthy little pepper plant that I dropped off at his home a few weeks ago and I am chuffed to bits that an orchid my husband rescued from the alley at the back of our home is thriving and growing a third stem of flowers, it had been chucked out after finishing flowering and was less than a third of the size it is now.

Mark also sent this lovely clip of film from York Railway pond, and I have now upgraded this site to add videos. I love the waterlilies and the birdsong. A little slice of tranquility for you all.

Hope everyone has had a good week. I have a simple and fun art challenge on the blog tomorrow – that’s great to do on your own or share with others.

See you next week!
Best wishes,


Pollen stained bee house at my allotment!

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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