Category Archives: Natural World

Slow Sloes

Driving around the countryside the hedgerows are well laden this year it seems. In the past I have recorded estimates of how good a harvest is for a a list of species such as hawthorn, oak, blackberry and so on … Continue reading

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Preserving Memories

Enlisted the help of some younger family members to gather blackberries at the weekend. I had gathered a trayful of fallen apples and thought blackberry and apple jelly would be a great recipe to use them up. Having convinced the … Continue reading

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Butterfly Count

The buddleia bushes are attracting butterflies in their droves at present and a colourful array they are. I spent just fifteen minutes watching their display around the bush in my garden and spotted six different species in that time. The … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

The garden and other commitments have put updating this blog on hold for a while but I have found time to get out and about recording signs of spring. Of course, in many ways we have had had spring for … Continue reading

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Spring – The Promise of Things to come

March 1st, St David’s Day and officially the first day of spring in meteorological terms. Generally this has been a day for judging how harsh a winter we have had in our garden. Always touch and go whether there would … Continue reading

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Diaries and Journals

How often in a crime drama or novel the detective seeks out the diary of the victim and from it deduces all sorts of information. Like many people I do keep a diary but the only clues to future readers … Continue reading

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Unseasonable Happenings and Writing

It is hard to believe it is winter at present. In Wales at New Year I saw daffodils herald the New Year rather than St David’s Day and these photos taken in the garden today show spring and even early … Continue reading

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Well Dressing

The custom of well dressing in the Derbyshire Peak District is one I have long wanted to see for myself. A short break based in Chesterfield, of Church with Crooked Spire fame, has finally made that possible. Well dressings take … Continue reading

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Willows whiten, aspens quiver,

“Willows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver.” Tennyson The Lady of Shalott Taking a walk near my home recently I was reminded of these lines from a poem I learned at school. It was very breezy and the … Continue reading

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Guided tour?

Much as we enjoy taking things at our own pace there is something to be said for taking a guided tour whether it be of a country house, a familiar townscape or a nature reserve. However well we think we … Continue reading

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