In 1906 Edith Holden started a Diary, now known as ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’. In it, she observed Natures cycle through the months of the year, writing simply about the weather, the birds, the flowers and the natural world around her. All the pages are beautifully ornamented with her original artwork and favourite poems. In this Blog, I’m going to try to emulate her Diary in a modern way. For a start, this is a blog on a computer, not pen and ink lovingly written on paper! However, I hope that the end result will have some similarities, in that I want to capture day by day, month by month the steady rhythm of Nature through the year. For although our 21st century lives are hectic, chaotic, noisy and deafened by electronics, the beat of the natural world, which is the backdrop to all our lives whether we notice it or not, remains ever the same. So take a sedate, gentle and steady-paced journey with me through the next year, observing the natural world. Our way of life may have changed almost beyond recognition since 1906, but nature is doing what it always has done, the cycle of nature remains constant and reassuringly predictable. In that respect, nothing has changed. ‘ No Winter lasts forever; no Spring skips its turn.’ (Hal Borland)

Friday, 22 March 2013

March 22nd.

The heavy rain of the last couple of days has left the fields flooded again, they had started to dry out after the incredibly wet year that we've just had, but the water level is so high that it takes only a day or two of downpours to have all the streams and brooks in full flood again, and the fields boggy with mud. Nice weather for ducks as they say though! This was the case indeed as the water on the fields was full of mallards, and seagulls. All the wildflowers are looking a bit sorry for themselves with petals tightly closed and the leaves looking a bit bedraggled. Found another blackbirds nest in a hedge with hardly any covering, so I'm sure that one won't be a success. The blackbirds always seem to be desperate to get building nests as early as possible and yet these early nests are very rarely successful due to the lack of cover and shelter from the elements, I wonder why they start so early? They're always the first but it seems like quite a waste of their time and effort!

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