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, 27 June 2013

June 27th.

Illustration available here

Went for a long walk this morning along the lanes and back up the valley along the river. A beautiful, hot morning, very different to the weather now as I'm writing, which is grey, cool with heavy rain! How a day can change!
Lots of the fields along the top of the lanes have been cut, including the one the skylarks nest in, hope they've managed to rear their chicks in time, modern farming methods are often incompatible with the best interests of wildlife unfortunately.They were up and singing though so I will take that as a good omen. It's really nice to see both the brook and the river at their proper summer levels, instead of the high flood levels of the last few summers. This has proved very beneficial for the birds nesting in the islands in the river; goosanders, swans, mallards, wagtails and the common sandpiper, a pretty brown bird which was sat quietly on a rock in the river.
The kingfishers and dippers are scarce though which is a result of the floods destroying their nesting sites.
Also a lot of fields along the river valley have been planted with wheat again, so hopefully this may encourage birds such as  the yellow hammer back to the valley, it used to be a common sight years ago.

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