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, 9 May 2013

May 9th.

This morning started out sunny and pleasant although very windy, but the weather forecast proved right and this evening is a very different kind of day, with torrential rain and winds. It's amazing how the countryside can look so different in the same day, this morning everything was bathed in sunlight, the blossom beautiful and radiant and the banks of the lanes in full bloom of every colour , the birds singing happily even though they were staying close to the ground because of the strong gusty wind. This evening however everything's looking a bit bedraggled, blossom being blown off the hedgerows and flowers tightly shut, the birds crouching miserably under cover. The swifts returned two days ago, unfortunately to a change in the weather, today they are definitely not swooping around the rooftops with their high screeching calls. Unfortunately too, a house sparrow chick has fallen out of the nest in the roof and I can't return it to its nest, although I'm feeding it I don't think it has much chance of surviving.

Saw some orange-tip butterflies and a brimstone this morning, though I'm sure they're nowhere to be seen now!

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