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A Calendar of Haiku - June
‘His [Yellowhammer] song is but a few bars repeated, yet it has a pleasing and soothing effect in the drowsy warmth of summer’.
Birds of a Southern County – Richard Jefferies
buttercup meadows lazy afternoon chasing dreams
The song of the yellowhammer has become embedded in our cultural memory ... and rural heritage as he sings, for his supper ... ‘a little bit of bread - and no c-h-e-e-s-e’ ... a mnemonic popularised by Enid Blyton in her nature and children’s books, of the late 1940s.
evensong ... yellowhammer sing into the night
And isn’t that Beethoven’s 5th, or is it his 4th (Piano Concerto) - drifting through the open window ...
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Play the recording of Yellowhammer (repeat if you wish) over the opening of the Piano Concerto to capture the feel of a lazy summer afternoon or evening in the meadows.
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