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)

Sunday, 31 March 2013

March 31st-Easter day.

A beautiful, sunny blue-skied day to end the month. The woodland floor is full and lushly green with the leaves of the flowers that will soon carpet it- a bumper year for bluebells I think. Dappled sun shone on clumps of wood anemones and the trees were full of birdsong, joined today by the harsh call of a jay. Saw a few rabbits, which have been a very rare sight this last year or two due to the devastation of the population by myxomatosis, I know that's the whole point of the disease but witnessing the terrible suffering it causes to the animal leaves me in no doubt that humans are by far the cruelest species on this planet.
Goodbye March!

Some days in March in the Usk Valley.

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