More travels; still Erddig

Despite the problems of unlocking after Lockdown the staff at Erddig were able to open up the servants quarters for the end of season. These areas were interesting enough to entice us to a return visit next year when more of the house will be open. It may be a window on another world, and…

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Autumn Hues

It is mid-October. Over the three weeks since the garden embraced a new season it has been lashed by storm, chilled in zero temperatures, and wilted under a blazing sun. Yet whatever the weather threw at it, up came the plants again in all their radiance.This afternoon I wandered outside to capture the glories of…

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Garden Walkabout

Despite being the middle of Summer, and despite there being a ‘heatwave’, we have had days of atrocious weather. Howling wind, thunderous rain; I have hardly been outside.Today I went walkabout, camera in hand. The catalyst was seeing a pearly pale fungus in the lawn. I decided to record what else was blossoming at the…

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Our Trees are Coming Down

A poem for today They’re cutting down our ash today:pitted against each living tree, high-rise man in the canopy. They’re cutting down our ash today:safety harness, chainsaw power, high-vis vest wrests living tower. for tits and wagtails a generous host,Sparrowhawks use for hunting post;for blackbird and song-thrush a larder dark,woodpecker and nuthatch scavenge the bark;…

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One swallow does not make a Summer

so the saying goes.Well I reckon Summer is upon us as the swallows have been with us for a couple of weeks now and the nest building is about complete. But before the swallows came the swifts … It was amazing to watch a dozen or more birds flying and swooping around the house, checking…

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