Sandy Miles

In the quiet of the early summer lockdown of 2020, the fields and hedgerows were full of sheep’s parsley.

As I wrestled with uncomfortable memories from my childhood, the thick smell of the pollen in the air reminded me of a time as a small child when I collected armfuls of sheep’s parsley to give to my mother. A present from a child to her mum that would have been gratefully received by most mothers, but not so mine.

The hurt I felt then as the little girl, with a bunch of ‘flowers’ for my mum, that were tossed to one side with a hurtful comment, stung yet again as I stood with my camera and the sheep’s parsley some fifty years later.