Hail Spring!

What a day this has been; the weather we’ve seen.Clear sky, sun’s heat; hail, snow, then sleet. I waited for the sun to return before venturing forth, camera in hand. The size of the hailstones needed recording. It was a lovely sight, but so cold and very wet underfoot. It may look like a blanket…

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Vernal Equinox

20th March: Spring has sprung An ancient version of why we have Spring! three-headed Cerebos, cur at Hades’ gate,wherein lies Demeter’s child, uncertain of her fate;and nothing grew on land or seano grain or seed,no herb or weed,and tears fell for Persephoneas she was walled in wakeful tombby Hades in whom evil bloomed,all on Earth…

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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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Beachcomber: free to roam

Soft sand oozes through tightly curled toeswarm waves wash deliciously over settling feet;surveying my horizons I am a beachcomber: orange, magenta, ivory spheresgrown knobbed and spiked over the years;momentary dream of tired totyelling their dream at parent hot,who chucks what’s due into honesty pot; translucent, tempting to touchno longer deadly – well, not much;once predator…

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Fiery, Wild Days of Summer

Fiery times For the Celts and Druids the Holly is associated with June; it holds the fire that lights the hot Summer days. The Ogham Alphabet is based on tree symbols and the word for holly, ‘tinne’, represents the letter ‘t’. It is said that our word tinder is derived from ‘tinne’. The wood of…

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Summer Solstice 2020

In the Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice is this evening, at 22:43 for those of us celebrating in the UK. It is significant astronomically as it marks the beginning of Summer, and the longest number of daylight hours in one day, when the Earth’s Arctic pole tilts toward the Sun. Although a precise time is measured…

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