Category Archives: Natural World

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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“I do and I understand”

A few days before this photo was taken I watched an adult starling feeding the youngsters. They trampled all over her in their efforts to get a beak full but clearly they were watching carefully as just two days later … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of babes…

How often even a well-planned outing takes an unexpected twist or offers an opportunity to do or see something that was not included in the itinerary. Being prepared to grab opportunities as they arise can be very rewarding, not least … Continue reading

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More opportunties

A much neglected blog the past month so a few things to catch up on from previous posts. After posting about the Big Garden Birdwatch we had a fall of snow that night and a light covering remained the next … Continue reading

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