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, 8 March 2013

March 8th.

A damp, grey but mild day. The sun battled with the clouds to show its face, but never quite won!
 I walked to the top of Usk Flood route, and back around the lanes towards Alt-y-bella.
The skylarks were high up singing again on Red Hill.

 I heard the beautiful fluting ‘peewit’ of a lapwing and looked up to see a small flock flying overhead. They were quite high up and I thought they were just passing through, but another mile along the lane I heard first, then spotted them in a ploughed field next to meadow lands. Three of them took to the air in a wonderful aerial display; swooping, diving and looping like they were on a personal roller coaster, and calling all the time. Beautiful birds! The hawthorn in the hedgerows is coming into leaf, won’t be long before the hedges are green and thick again.

Illustration available here

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