rain

My battle with the dreaded ‘black cotton’

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya By the time I set off from the farm before dawn we’d had 22in of rain in the…

A rainy day in the Highlands: Summerwater, by Sarah Moss, reviewed

22 August 2020 9:00 am

There is an old Yorkshire tale about a prosperous town which, legend has it, once stood on the site of…

The joy of a rainy Newbury

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Mill Reef, who won the Derby, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Eclipse and the King George by far…

Petrichor: an awkward word for a pleasant phenomenon

18 August 2018 9:00 am

I’m not too sure about the word petrichor, invented in 1964 as a label for the pleasant smell frequently accompanying…

Sheep being milked in a pen. (From the Luttrell Psalter, English School, 14th century)

Wool, wheat and wet weather

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Englishness is big business in the nation of shopkeepers, and not just in politics and tourism. In literature, the gypsy…

Emma Thompson’s wrong about the EU and cake

20 February 2016 9:00 am

At first glance, Emma Thompson’s intervention in the Brexit debate earlier this week didn’t make much sense. Asked at the…

Happiness is a chainsaw and a maul in the rain and the mud

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It rained all day long last Friday in Provence, and it rained all night, and on Saturday morning it was…

Sport: Nigel Lawson on the Ashes

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Those of us who watched the last day of the final Ashes Test of the present series enjoyed a rare…