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, 20 July 2013

July 20th.



Illustration available here

So many beautiful butterflies enjoying this summer weather in the meadows; peacocks, red admirals, meadow browns,tortoiseshells,small skippers, small coppers, commas and whites! This year without rain or wind to bash about their delicate bodies , they are flourishing. Fledglings too are doing well, although I've seen many sparrow hawks about the last few days hoping to swoop unawares on them, a female even dived over a hedge and landed empty-clawed right beside me, much to hers and my surprise.
 I have a very friendly young blackbird in my garden who follows me about when watering the plants ,waiting for the worms to surface.
The hot weather continues, although more cloud has moved in today so perhaps this hot spell is coming to an end?

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