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)

Friday, 20 September 2013

September 20th.

It's the old traditional British Harvest  festival today, and the huge bright full harvest moon was up last night as it will be again tonight.
Went up on to Gray Hill in Wentwood, it was such a calm, clear morning and the views were beautiful- a really lovely early autumn day.

The bracken is still thick and green but starting to yellow in places. Found a bright green Broom Moth caterpiller which lives on bracken, and also a beautiful toad burrowing itself, with its back legs, into the thick grass and earth.
The Rowan trees are covered in bright red berries, don't get many of these trees down in the valley but there are plenty on the hills, the gorse too is in flower so it was very colourful up there.
 The numbers of swallows and martins are declining, sadly, just a few late stragglers- It's sad to see them go, the skies seem empty and reminds me that another Winter is on the way.

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