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, 23 May 2013

May 23rd.

The Magnificat-Volume LXVIII- Helen Maring.
May is so beautiful: 
Orchards are fair; 
Branches of fruit trees 
Make gardens of air.
Flowers of fragrance 
Bloom in the light; 
Fall like the snowflakes 
Showering white.
Orchards of heaven 
Grow with a grace, 
And like a blessing 
Perfume the place.
Each tree in blossom, 
Each lovely spray, 
In this month of Our Lady, 
Bring glory to May.

Certainly doesn't seem like late May today! It was nice first thing this morning but May seems to have been replaced by November all of a sudden, with rain and a freezing wind! I hate bad weather in this month more than any other because this is the best month for wild flowers and blossom which are obviously at their best on warm sunny days, and this month is full of young birds and animals doing their best to survive all the perils of nature and I like it when the weather gives them a helping hand.
The birds were in fine voice this morning though, and I'm happy to see that the goldfinch population seems to be doing particularly well this year, there are plenty of them about. The skylarks up on Red Hill were also up and singing, their continuous stream of warbling as they fly  is remarkable. The hedge-tops too were alive with song; dunnocks, blackcaps, wrens, blackbirds and a couple of song thrushes  perched in the tops of trees.
Found a toad yesterday hiding under some black plastic. It obviously knew it was going to turn cold and was taking precautionary measures!

Illustration available here

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