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, 12 April 2013

April 12th


No this isn't Monmouthshire! Travelled to south Cornwall to the Lizard peninsula. Spring is much further advanced down there and it's nice to know that what's happening down there is soon on it's way north to us!The cliffs are full of gorse in flower and it was lovely to watch lots of pairs of stonechats flying in and out of the bushes, with the male doing a funny little dance in the air with a squeaky song to impress the female.  In the summer months, I've seen stonechats here, up on the more heathy hillsides though, not in the valley, so I enjoyed watching them this early in the year. Also watched red billed choughs flying around the clifftops in Cadgwith cove, these used to be extinct in cornwall but are making a comeback, and they're still rare on the Welsh coast, definitely not a bird that will be seen in Monmouthshire!
The hedgerows too are full of flowers with the campion blossoming profusely already.
Back home in the woods the flowers are starting to thrive on the warm Spanish air that has finally found it's way here, with beautiful bunches of violets showing their pretty heads, and dandelions that are so taken for granted, defiantly facing the grey skies. House sparrows that nest in the roof of my house are busy collecting nesting material.





Who hath despised the day of small things?- Christina Rossetti.
' As violets....
Recluse and sweet,
Cheerful as daisies
Unaccounted rare;
Still sunward gazing
From a lowly seat;
Still sweetening wintry air'


Illustration available here

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