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, 30 May 2013

May 29th and 30th.

It's been rainy, blustery and cool the last few days. There's been a lot of miserable looking fledglings  crouching in the hedgerows waiting for the very busy parents to come back with mouthfulls of worms or insects. Saw a family of greenfinches yesterday in Castle woods. The blackbirds that successfully nested in the garden have unfortunately had two of the young taken by a sparrow hawk which often this time of year swoops over the hedge, and in a blink has a small bird in its claws and is gone, the house sparrows too fall prey frequently. It really is a fight for survival everyday!
 Walked up into Castle woods and into the hills beyond, the sun came out half way through the walk and the birds suddenly started singing like a radio had been switched on! Saw a lovely pair of blackcaps. The bright yellow fields that were dandelions a couple of weeks ago have been replaced by buttercups, and the hawthorn bushes are thick with may blossom. Also all the banks are covered in cow parsley, which is I think another under-rated plant, it is very delicately pretty. The ramsons are in full flower and making a very appetizing smell as you walk through them.

The pipistrelle bat that comes to my garden every year came back a few nights ago, like everything else this year, it's late. Every other year it's very predictably returned on May 1st. Also saw two red kites in the area, one by Little-Mill and the other by Clytha, I don't suppose it will be too long before they return to colonise this area again.

Some days in May in the Usk Valley.

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