Today’s finds…


Dear Readers,

As we weren’t able to meet at St Nicks today I took myself on a little urban walk to think about the creative writing tasks and to interact with the natural world. I tried to persuade my ‘Cat-shund’ to join me but she was too busy snuggling on the sofa to be bothered! So instead I took my flask and found a lovely bench to record these observations:

Observations from a city bench

The crows are unsettled
Calling to each other from the guttering
Stretching coal wings over slate pan-tiles.

A wagtail skips through the air crossing the street
The last yellow sunflowers turn weary heads
Towards a weakening sun

I hear the scrape of a rake on a path
And the jingle and shake of a collar
As a dog is released to run free

The low hum of traffic is shushed
By the rattling of the last brittle leaves
Clinging hopelessly to bare branches.

I leave tracks in the mud
Where wood pigeons scattered, eyeing me curiously
A luminous tennis ball skims the grass, dog running, panting.

City gulls scavenge 
They have exchanged a sea of blue for a field of green
Their sharp cries pierce the air.
I also walked around the city allotments, observing the contrast of green spaces amongst houses. Here are the pictures from my walk. The most surprising thing I found were Passion flowers in full bloom - totally stunning!

Hope you had some lovely interactions with nature too!

See you next week,


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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