Snowdrops Undaunted

Snowdrops are amazing bowing and weaving, delicately cleavingfrost-hard earth, heralding year’s rebirth silky smooth softest whiteemerging drops of pure lightnestled in tree foot’s dark decayrenewing promise of warmer days upright, proud, peerless standside by side, queens of the landsurvivors all, back from the pastsignals of shortening nights at last in desolate placesnow re-conquered spacesthese quiet…

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Snow came – snow went

Snowdonia. Where’s the snow? You’d think the clue was in the name. But no. Despite living within Snowdonia National Park, between two mountains, we rarely get snow. So any fall is worth a photograph. Driving South, into the valley between the two mountains: And that was it. We are in Lockdown so excursions are few…

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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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Nature Reclaims …

Nature reclaims what man neglects Yesterday my computer decided I’d been having it too easy lately – so it went on strike. Or perhaps it’s having a giant strop. Whatever it is, it thinks it is fun not to let me access the network. I decided to ignore it and go outside to spend time…

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World Tourism Day 2020

In 2019 the theme for World Tourism Day 2020 was set. With much of the world experiencing some level of travel restriction due to Covid-19, celebrating World Tourism Day in 2020 appears perverse. But the theme that was set, “Tourism andĀ Rural Developmentā€, now seems far-sighted with its remit of celebrating the ways tourism outside the…

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Arrival of Autumn

I love Autumn. It is the quiet calm after the ebullience of Summer. The early mists have their own serene beauty; fiery colours nestle amidst earthy ochres and paling greens; tourist traffic noise gives way to the softer sounds of nature, of bleating sheep and birdsong. What is your favourite season? What sights and sounds…

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