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Welcome to my Blog – a celebration of birds – 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
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2019 / 05 – Bicycle debut 1340 – 1530 Overcast again. Grey cloud, but a very mild 10°C. Light SW An unexpected afternoon out of the office, and an opportunity to follow up a challenge I set myself for the New Year. Cycle to the Wood. It’s only just a little over 4 miles from […]
Trespasses. The fog and its hiding, muffled property lends me a welcome, invisibility cloak that I wear in repudiation of some kind of exile. Walking alone and further to get to familiar places sharpens the senses. By the swing gate, the upturned aspect of ash twig-ends, ending in lamp black buds like deer’s feet, show […]
Simon Coleman The South Downs. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/east-sussex/south-downs/articles/The-South-Downs-pub-walks/ The following passage from Richard Jefferies’ autobiography, ‘The Story of My Heart’, provides a perfect example of how a particular landscape can induce a calm and creative state of mind. The landscape in this case is chalk downland, where sharp valleys can suddenly cut into wide stretches of […]