Michael is a full-time gardener living near Shaftesbury in Dorset. His first childhood memory is of watching seals in Lossiemouth harbour in the northeast of Scotland where he lived his first few years and then later building dens in the woodland ferns of a village in southern Hampshire. Michael is married with three children and three delightfully mischievous grand-daughters. He has worked outdoors as a gardener, come rain or shine, all his life and probably always will. He takes notes whilst he works on a voice recorder and so he writes with ‘the wind in his hair and the good earth under his fingernails’.