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 and Rural Development”, 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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The Moon and Venus

Such glories in the Night Sky This morning I was awake before sunrise – many of you will know all about that – especially when I add that I was gazing out of the bathroom window. Just above the horizon, and to the South of the Moon, was such a bright spot of light in…

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Symbiotic relationships

Perhaps we can learn from the animal kingdom. Looking out from the bathroom window the other day I witnessed something I had not seen before.Three sheep, taking their ease on three ledges was a picture in itself. Then a magpie arrived, closely followed by another. The magpies did not appear to be interested in the…

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