In 2009 ago I began my first blog, and discovered the joy of sharing my experiences of the world, and my passions with readers across the world. I have received comments on my posts from as far as America and Romania,as well as here in the UK. During this time I have developed my own writing ‘voice’, and continue to learn how to connect with my audience and express myself through crafted words. It often seems to be the posts about place, and our relationship with landscape and the environment, as well as those celebrating the wonder and beauty of nature, which most seem to strike a cord with readers.
That first Blog, ‘SophiEcoWild’ continues to be a place for sharing my writing and photography and experiences of the world. Although primarily nature writing, themes also occasionally wander off into family history, art, politics, culture, food, farming and other inspirations. It is on this blog where I share my thoughts on events and attractions which I have visited and enjoyed.
In the early days of December 2014, I invited the world to ‘go for a walk’ via a new blog, “The Oak By The Rife”. I have used this blog to record my experiences and discoveries of nature, within the set parameters of a 2mile radius of my front door. Together, you (the readers of the blog) and I have explored the patch in it’s naked winter form,welcomed back spring migrants who’s arrival sends our spirits soaring almost as high as the skylark song, and we have wallowed in the sluggish haze of summer days. I look forward to completing the year’s cycle with the joys of harvest and the preparations of the land for winter, before seeing what thrills and simple beauties the next seasons bring.
‘The Oak By The Rife’ was chosen as the BBC Wildlife Magazine’s ‘Blog of the week” on their social media platforms, in August 2015.
The local patch blog’The Oak By The Rife’ can be also by accessed via the BBC Wildlife Magazine’s “Local Patch Reporter’s Project” and clicking on the thread for “The Oak by The Rife”