Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Obviously air is the mix of gasses we breathe and which birds, planes and balloons fly in. It can also refer to our manner or behaviour e.g. at times Patsy has the air of a romantic writer (I believe it's the pink scarf and celtic clip, which do it) and we can put on airs and graces, in the hope of making an impression.

To air the laundry is to warm it (usually done inside, not out in the fresh air). We can open windows to air a room, or open our lungs (or tap away madly on social media) to air a grievance. Melodious music can also be referred to as an air.

My latest short story collection is In The Garden Air. I've dedicated it to my late grandparents, all of whom were very keen gardeners who encouraged me to develop that same passion. I'm lucky in that the three of them lived long enough to see me create gardens of my own (sadly I never knew the fourth).

My current garden contains plants raised from seeds, cuttings and divisions which were once in their gardens. Whenever I'm in the garden, it feels a little as though in some way they're still with me – my memories of them really are in the garden air.

Granny and Grandma were both great readers. They'd have been delighted to hold books I'd written, and thrilled to see my stories in the magazines they read, so I know they'd have been pleased to see their names in the front of In The Garden Air, which is the fourth of my plant and garden themed collections and contains 24 stories.



  1. Yip yeah hooray. And yes, I'm sure they would be thrilled.

  2. This sounds like a nice collection :)

  3. Hi Patsy - I'm sure they'd have been thrilled to have seen your books ... and been particularly delighted to know you dedicated at least one of your books to them and their delights in gardens. This looks to be a lovely collection of tales for the garden=hearted amongst us ... cheers Hilary

  4. Congratulations on the new book, Patsy. Your grandparents would be so thrilled. Almost everything in my garden came from cuttings I took from the plants in my mum's garden and I know exactly what you mean about the feeling your grandparents are still with you in the air.

    1. Thanks, Teresa. It's nice to have that connection, isn't it?

  5. It's something that is easy to take for granted. That mix of nitrogen, oxygen, and CO2 is pretty important:)

  6. You are certainly not putting on airs in this post. Nice photos, too!

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    1. Thanks. I'm sad a little they aren't around to see it, but know I'm fortunate to have had them around for so long, and to have learned so much from them.


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