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)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

June 4th.


Another beautiful summers day. Went up to the Wye valley, which is very lush and green this time of year, as is the Usk valley. Took a canoe out on the river, which is a great way to get a different angle on the wildlife, I got a water-birds eye view. The river is teeming with mallards and their ducklings, it seems to have been a good year for them, as the Usk too has lots of young mallards.Also lots of pied wagtails about, dancing over the water catching flies, and a  lovely yellow wagtail too, its plumage dazzling in the bright sunshine.


There was a big flock of canada geese on the one bank, but couldn't see any young ones with them, and the same with a number of swans.
June is certainly bursting out all over as the saying goes, the woods and hedgerows are now very dense and flourishing, full of riotous colour.  I especially like the huge comfrey plants that have sprung up and are now in flower along the hedgerows.





Down The Stream The Swans All Glide

Down the stream the swans all glide;
It's quite the cheapest way to ride.
Their legs get wet,
Their tummies wetter:
I think after all
                                      The bus is better .    ( or maybe a canoe!)

Spike Milligan





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