By a Brook in Winter - A fresh fall of snow overnight. I walk in a winter landscape: the green fields mantled white; the blackish branches of willow and ash, edged white, starkly outlined, against the morning light; mirrored in the dark brown-grey of the brook; the distant woods a purple haze against the blue-grey snow clouds above. My footsteps the only sound.
Welcome to my Blog – a celebration of birds, mostly – in art and anecdote, poetry and prose – part memoir, part anthology, part nature writing, with biographical snippets about favourite artists. Follow me as I ramble through the year writing about the birds I see – share your own encounters with birds, or tell me about your patch … More
2019 / 66 Mostly clear sky and light SW wind, after some heavy showers. Mild evening 19°C 19:45 – 21:45 (with Alison Hughes) It’s been nearly two weeks. The Wood is rich and green, verdant in the summer evening light of the setting sun. Returning brings with it deep, slow breathing and a strengthening sense […]
A Bed of Bedstraw. Ham Hill Nature Reserve is a tiny, caterpillar-shaped, remnant of chalk grassland on the edge of West Berkshire and Wiltshire. Its high spine rises above steep plunging banks and a Saxon holloway, running parallel with the road to Buttermere. Facing the sun, its slopes are full of wildflowers, insects and butterflies. […]
Rebecca Welshman “Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism” wrote Phil McDuff in the Guardian, who then went on to mention  sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg who has given a new urgent voice to the climate crisis. For decades climate change scientists, environmentalists, and thousands of others have been saying similar things, but have been […]
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