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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Three score years, and ten

Yesterday I celebrated my 70th. And I mean ‘celebrated’! So much has happened over the past few years that I’m grabbing my 8th decade with all the strength and guts I have. As Bette Davis famously said, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” Monday – received wonderful, and surprising, news. Back in July I…

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Feeling got at, once again

First came the professionals with their sound medical backgrounds, wanting to help. We took the advice and fistfuls of pills hoping to get better. Then came what in any other era or field would have been dismissed as quacks. Perhaps we needed to look to our pasts, our resentment or our suppressed anger over ancient…

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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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