Virginia Spiers – Country Diaries

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Local writer Virginia Spiers is a regular contributor to the Guardian Country Diary. Many of her diaries focus on the Tamar Valley and are so evocative of the place where she has lived for most of her life.

Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy Tamar Valley life through the seasons.

February 2020 – Bere Alston  

‘Daffodil buds point skyward looking for spring’.

December 2019 – St Dominic

‘Few apples cling on as winter strips the trees’.

August 2019 – Calstock

‘Steamboats steal the show’.

June 2019 – St Dominic

‘Recent downpours have revived the pastures’.

April 2019 – St Dominic

‘Wildflowers spring advance’.

March 2019 – St Dominic

‘Narcissi spring from derelict market garden’.

January 2019 – Tavistock Canal – Tamar Valley

‘A walk along the water’.

December 2018 – St Dominic

‘Water water everywhere’.

November 2018 – Cotehele

‘Season of remembrance’.

September 2018 – St Dominic

‘Abundant apples are ready for juicing’.

August 2018 – St Dominic

‘Hay, silage and straw will be at a premium this winter’.

July 2018 – St Dominic

‘Birds cherrypick their share of fruit’.

May 2018 – Kit Hill and Metherell

‘Cool weather has prolonged flowering in the orchard’.

April 2018 – Danescombe

‘A chaffchaff sings by the papers mill’s ruins’.

March 2018 – St Dominic

‘A few floral traces of a once bountiful market garden’.

February 2018 – Luckett

‘No miners emerge from the dark to break the peace today’.


This is just a selection of Virginia’s Guardian Country Diary articles and are only the most recent ones focussing on the Tamar Valley. There are more diaries to enjoy at




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