Sunday, 03 July 2022

Nature will thrive if we just leave it alone, even at side of busy road

Nature will thrive if we just leave it alone, even at side of busy road

WE have a small alder tree that we rescued. It is now growing temporarily in an earthenware pot on one of our garden tables. We notice ...

 

Wondrous woodland with odd-looking trees and glassy glades

AS the weather is unpredictable, Rosemary and I decide to visit Kingwood Common, where I will be leading a walk in August. We chose to ...

 

There is so much to enjoy on this beautiful little piece of common

There is so much to enjoy on this beautiful little piece of common

ON a notably clear and fresh June morning, we visit part of Peppard Common. We’ve not explored the northernmost open area since March. ...

 

Beautiful riverside meadows are like our very own Garden of Eden

Beautiful riverside meadows are like our very own Garden of Eden

THE weather forecast is a bit mixed but Rosemary and I don’t mind as we are off to join Sally Rankin, of Greener Henley’s wildlife ...

 

Delights of bright spring morning and some not-so-welcome sights

Delights of bright spring morning and some not-so-welcome sights

IT is a lovely, temperate morning, full of clear, bright sunlight. I love dawn and dusk in spring when so much happens either side of ...

 

Our garden is like a Noah’s Ark for rapidly declining insect species

Our garden is like a Noah’s Ark for rapidly declining insect species

A STRANGE thing has been happening in our back garden. Many of our saplings, including alder, oak, downy birch, wych elm, field maple ...

 

Muddy path transformed by emergence of gorgeous spring flowers

Muddy path transformed by emergence of gorgeous spring flowers

MY wife Rosemary has been feeling out of sorts for about three months due to back pain. However, after a visit to the doctor, she ...

 

So much beauty on show as I lead bluebell walk through familiar wood

So much beauty on show as I lead bluebell walk through familiar wood

OUR new trees are bursting into leaf, including whitebeam, beech, wild service and wayfaring trees, crab apple, small- and ...

 

Whiling away the hours listening to the drum beat of woodpeckers

Whiling away the hours listening to the drum beat of woodpeckers

LETTING the cats out at about 7am, I walk into my office, sit down in my “executive” chair, press a few buttons (computer and hi-fi ...

 

Plenty to see in the garden as we anticipate arrival of avian migrants

Plenty to see in the garden as we anticipate arrival of avian migrants

IT is unseasonably cold this morning. Our cats are initially reluctant to step outside but three of our four join us to wrestle with ...

 

Trees racing back into life despite a final blast of wintry weather

Trees racing back into life despite a final blast of wintry weather

I AM just getting used to British Summer Time. Well, sort of. Initially, it always throws me out a bit. Our cats, on the other hand, ...

 

Spring joy: rich variety of wildflowers and a nightingale in song

Spring joy: rich variety of wildflowers and a nightingale in song

FIRST thing this morning, I take a brief stroll around the back garden with my posse of pussies before Rosemary joins us. Our scourge ...

 

I love the rare large-leaved limes thriving in this peaceful woodland

I love the rare large-leaved limes thriving in this peaceful woodland

IT is now mid-March. The days are getting longer and slowly growing warmer. Before you know it, the clocks will turn and we’ll enter ...

 

Pleasant encounters with man and beast and an intriguing plant find

Pleasant encounters with man and beast and an intriguing plant find

BLACK-HEADED gulls are scattered wantonly across the sky like drifting, discarded food wrappers. Only their squeaky utterances and ...

 

Grey squirrel and other alien invaders are bad news for native species

Grey squirrel and other alien invaders are bad news for native species

THE wind whips past my near-frozen ears. I should have chosen more protection against the elements but do I care? Not really. Rosemary ...

 

Woodland storm damage not as bad as feared (but I’m still suffering)

Woodland storm damage not as bad as feared (but I’m still suffering)

YESTERDAY, the forecast was for snow but it didn’t happen, not that we’d have minded. It simply drizzled in silence. We therefore ...

 

We’re not going into the woods today but there’s lots to see in garden

We’re not going into the woods today but there’s lots to see in garden

ALL hell lets loose at about 10am. Our cats go crazy, wind whistles down the chimney stack and our boiler makes strange noises. ...

 

Trapped indoors by bad back but old route guide enables me to visualise

Trapped indoors by bad back but old route guide enables me to visualise

IT is late in the evening but before I go upstairs to bed I step outside for a few minutes and sit down on one of our solid wooden ...

 

There is so much to find if you look, even close to roads and homes

There is so much to find if you look, even close to roads and homes

LAST night, the wind was gusting like crazy and was followed by a cataclysmic downpour. Our four cats were galloping up and down our ...

 

Sunny Sunday brings out the walkers on beautiful riverbank

Sunny Sunday brings out the walkers on beautiful riverbank

SLOWLY but surely the days are getting longer. Over time the promise of warmer days will be fulfilled. Our woods and meadows will be ...

 

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