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)

Monday, 30 September 2013

September 29th and 30th.

Yesterday was a beautiful golden day. Walked up through Castle Woods to Flagpole hill as it was a lovely evening for some views across the valley- left to the Wentwood ridge, straight ahead down the Usk valley to Newport and right, across the hills to Abergavenny.

 Lots of Robin song in the woods ,and saw a couple of migrating Swallows flying overhead. Also there was a loud bunch of starlings roosting in a bare tree. 

Although the valley still looks green , the leaves are starting to turn colour, lots of Oak leaves have fallen to the floor already.

Today, a completely different day with a misty grey start that lasted all day- the last day of September. I always think that this really marks the end of Summer and that Autumn starts in earnest in the the next month-October.
On the brook was delighted to see that the lone kingfisher has now been joined by another one- a pair back on the brook at last! The river too was a hive of activity with lots of noisy mallards and at least twenty swans.

Some days in and around the Usk Valley in September.

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