In Praise of FATNESS in Women



Sunday morning watching TV at breakfast. Football news is on with the sound off, a footballer is having a paddy on the grass, I’m waiting for to weather even though I can see it through the window, now – a fat woman with impressive hips, I saw one yesterday in town whose hips were amazing. Seems to be a big down on fat. I make a sudden resolution – no more news! There it’s done.


Here are two views on FAT which differ from TV news where opinions are bundled and dished up, ‘fat accumplee’.  One view of ABUNDANCE encapsulated in an iron age statue could be a woman today, seen clothed,  walking around, shopping, chatting, taking care of children, sculpting, painting, writing playing the cello, singing . . .

Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf is a 4.25-inch (10.8 cm) high statuette of a fertile, female figure, estimated variously between 28,000 and 20,000 BC, or 30,00 – 27,000 BC. It is carved from oolitic limestone, and was covered with red ochre when found in Lower Austria, 1908.

 Another view of such MAGNIFICENCE is created in a fairy story, (keeper of the soul). 

The Butterfly Woman

La Mariposa  is old, very, very old. one of her shoulders is bare she is wrapped in cloth of red and black. Her body is heavy and she has tiny feet. She is the butterfly woman arrived to strengthen the weak. she is that which most of us think of as not strong; age, the butterfly, the feminine.

Butterfly woman’s hair reaches to the ground, thick and stone grey. Her hips are two baskets and the fleshy top of her buttocks is wide enough to ride two children. She dances and waves a fan of feathers, spreading the earth with the pollinating spirit of the butterfly.

Her shell bracelets rattle like snake, the bells on her garters tinkle like rain. In one breast is the thunderworld, the underworld in the other. her back is the curve of planet earth the back of her neck carries the sunrise and the sunset. Her belly holds all the babies that will ever be born.

Butterfly woman cross-fertilises, the soul with dreams, the mundane world, she takes a little here, puts a little there. She transforms. A little is enough.

‘Women Who Run with the Wolves’; Clarissa Pinkola Estes; (Rider Books)

‘There is no ‘supposed to be’ in bodies. Does it have happiness, joy, can it move in its own way? Dance, step, wiggle?’



JUNE: Flowers Garden – Wild Flowers, Park

My garden flowers: June 1st.

garden June 1st

Wild Flowers at a Glance’  ; M. C. Carey & D. Fichew; pub. J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd 1954

I find my childhood wild flower book indispensable; it’s neat, precise and fits a pocket.

I have never not found a wild flower described within the pages. It is arranged by flower colour; from white/green/yellow/ blue/mauve/purple/pink/red. 

And such beautiful names, in my next life I shall be called, Leontodon.

 JACK-BY-THE-HEDGEAlliaria petiolata

Plants are often found growing along the margins of hedgerows giving rise to the folk name of Jack-by-the-hedge. Other common names include Garlic Root, Hedge Garlic, Sauce-alone, Jack-in-the-bush, Penny Hedge and Poor Man’s Mustard.

 ROUGH CHERVILChaerophyllum temulumChervil soup is eaten on Holy Thursday as a symbol of resurrection and a new life. Because its scent reminds of the fragrance of myrrh (one of the offerings at the birth of Christ), it is often called myrrhis.beehive


If Goose grass clings to you, you’ll be kissed.


Tradition maintains that English plantain springs up wherever English people set foot, no matter what the climate. The botanical name is derived from the word “planta,” a foot.


The tangy flavour of sorrel makes it an ideal addition to salads, soups or omelettes.

MEADOW CROWFOOTRununculus acer

Ranunculus is one of the oldest known drugs. The ancient physicians employed them to destroy indurations, horny and other excrescences. It has been especially recommended in the place of Cantharides as a means of drawing blisters.

DAISYBellis perennis

Sprang as tears from the eyes of Mary Magdalene, the ‘Day’s Eye’

BLUEBELL, WILD HYACINTHEndymion non-scriptus (Scilla non-scripta)

Folk myth has it that bluebells ring to call fairies to meetings. Bluebell woods were thought to be enchanted: if your walked through one you would be spirited away never to be seen again.

COMMON HAWKBITLeontodon autumnalis                           

Make a wish right before blowing on dandelion, your wish just might come true.


The image of Jesus’ face said in legend to have appeared on the handkerchief used by Veronica to wipe the face of Jesus.

COMMON CUDWEEDFilago germanica

Listed as THREATENED species in the Red Data Book for England due to agricultural practices.

HAWTHORNCrataegus -Thomas the Rhymer, the famous thirteenth century Scottish mystic and poet, once met the Faery Queen by a hawthorn bush from which a cuckoo was calling. She led him into the Faery Underworld for a brief sojourn, but upon re-emerging into the world of mortals he found he had been absent for seven years.silver 049