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)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

May 14th.

Walked early in the morning up to see the heronry at the top of the woods, my house must be in their flight path from their nests to the brook, and I hear them at first light croaking as they fly overhead, and again during the day sometimes, and at dusk. There were a couple of birds perched up in their stick nests, but I don't think any chicks yet. There's something quite comical looking about a heron perched in a tree, certainly they look more comfortable crouching in the water meadows watching the water for fish.
A cold damp day with some sun at the moment but looks like it's going to get worse! The wild flowers are battling on though, buttercups are in flower, campions, vetch, yellow nettle, herb robert and greater celandine are all adorning the hedgerows, would be nice to have some sun to fully appreciate them.

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