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, 8 August 2013

August 8th.

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The meadows along the Olway valley were alive with insects today, buzzing, jumping, fluttering in every blade of grass it seemed, it's been a very good year for insect loving plants so hopefully their numbers will recover a little this year. Lots of grasshoppers in the fields, some a woody brown and others bright green, and a lot of small copper butterflies.Also found several bee hives in the willows, which are perfect homes for bees because of their tendency to crack and hollow out.







 For the other animals and birds it's a fairly quiet month as their hectic months of mating, nesting and rearing young are coming to an end, though have seen several blackbirds and thrushes with beaks full of worms in the last week, so they are obviously still feeding chicks.There were some large flocks of assorted tits in the willows ; blue, great and long-tailed with a few tree creepers mixed in, noisily grazing their way through the swishing branches.The trees and bushes are bursting with ripening fruits, seeds and nuts so there will be plenty of food for wildlife in the coming month or so.









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