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)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

April 18th.

Strong winds in the night that have blown over a couple of trees, and cracked branches. Still a blustery day, two pairs of herons flew up from the reen in the flood meadows, they were breakfasting on frogspawn, but their willowy, gangly bodies aren't designed for flying in the wind so they didn't go far. Sand martins and swallows were flying low along the grass. Went through the fields on to the lane , the stream running along it had bunches of marsh marigold in flower. Up in the wood the floor is thickly covered in wood anemone and celandine, with lots of foliage of other flowers; foxglove, bluebell, red campion and forget-me-nots but no flowers of these in sight yet. An owl was hooting in the wood in broad daylight which was unusual, good job I'm not at all superstitious,  It was probably something to do with mating (most things are this time of year!).

Illustration available here

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