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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After Storm Dennis come the daffodils

Our daffodils were ready to emerge into a brave new world only to be confronted by storm Ciara, followed closely by Dennis.They decided they were fed up waiting and came out anyway. A few lost their heads, but most are fit and well and basking in today’s sunshine. While photographing the daffodils a couple of…

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