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)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

May 4th.

It's been a really lovely start to the month, the hedgerows and meadows are turning thick and green with the friendly weather. The new leaves are a fresh bright green and the blackthorn is out in full bloom, beautiful big swathes of white blossom adorning the hedges. The cattle have been returned to the pastures after a very long winter inside, and with them flocks of starlings have also come down into the fields.
Walked up the Olway valley and saw a pair of stock doves perched in a willow, don't see them very often. Further along the brook, there was evidence that the otter had been there, with footprints in the silt on a small beach and droppings on a rock in the brook so I will keep a closer watch there.
Also nice to see the spotted flycatcher back for the summer in Factory lane, at a spot it returns to every year.
Also went up to Wentwood, it's the only place locally that I've consistently heard the cuckoo in recent years, but didn't hear or see one there yet, but did see some lovely partridges which again, have been a rare sight in this area in recent years.

 The new foliage is an almost luminous green, really fresh and beautiful as all new born things are, and every day it seems more flowers are starting to bloom. The dandelions this year are stunning! How can anyone think they're weeds!

The First Dandelion

Simple and fresh and fair from winter's close emerging,

As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever been,

Forth from its sunny nook of shelter'd grass--innocent, golden, calm as the dawn,

The spring's first dandelion shows its trustful face.

Source: "Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman

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