Saturday, 24 July 2021

Privileged to witness the miracle of subtle but significant revolution

Privileged to witness the miracle of subtle but significant revolution

WE travel to the Sun public house at Hill Bottom near Whitchurch Hill to meet our friend, farmer Jon Hatt and his wife Kate. We are ...

 

Chasing elusive butterflies amid gorgeous wildflowers

I’VE just returned from two hours on top of Watlington Hill, photographing butterflies on your behalf. In the blazing sunshine amid ...

 

Peaceful and beautiful hillside meadows being reclaimed by nature

Peaceful and beautiful hillside meadows being reclaimed by nature

AFTER a short drive from Caversham, we arrive in Goring Heath and park opposite the former (and much missed) King Charles Head pub, ...

 

After damp May, beautiful flowers are emerging to sweet birdsong

After damp May, beautiful flowers are emerging to sweet birdsong

ON a clear and favourable morning, we collect my mother Maggie from her home in Caversham and take her to the riverside at Henley. We ...

 

Why do motorcyclists and fly-tippers have to spoil our countryside?

Why do motorcyclists and fly-tippers have to spoil our countryside?

OUR garden could be considered experimental in that we have filled it with native trees, shrubs and flowering plants in addition to ...

 

Hurrah! Orchid season has begun but flowers are later than normal

Hurrah! Orchid season has begun but flowers are later than normal

IT is now the time when the majority of our wild orchids come into bloom. Knowing this, Rosemary and I propel ourselves on a concerted ...

 

Hunting for fly orchids and what other amazing discoveries we make

Hunting for fly orchids and what other amazing discoveries we make

FROM Middle Assendon, it is an interesting two-mile journey to Bix Bottom. We are heading to Warburg nature reserve that we have not ...

 

Thanksgiving: Be careful for nothing

SAINT Paul’s words of advice to the Philippians, “Be careful for nothing”, might appear trite in today’s world. Quite apart from the ...

 

Revisiting an old haunt and enjoying the magnificence of trees

Revisiting an old haunt and enjoying the magnificence of trees

AS we wander round the garden, I take a good look at the rare trees that Rosemary acquired before we met. Four are prehistoric and ...

 

From our flourishing back garden to giant, ancient rhododendrons

From our flourishing back garden to giant, ancient rhododendrons

I COME downstairs this morning to find Rosemary staring through a window from the kitchen into our utility room. She indicates a blue ...

 

Cookley Woods

Cookley Woods

This photo of a wild rhododendron bush was taken in Cookley Woods on an overcast day by Terry Allsop, from Ewelme. He says: “The line ...

 

Nowhere better than spectacular surroundings of Henley Reach

Nowhere better than spectacular surroundings of Henley Reach

OVER breakfast I ask Rosemary where she’d like to go for a walk later this morning. She suggests that we could go to Henley and head ...

 

Welcoming woods with cute birds and spectacular flowers... I love it

Welcoming woods with cute birds and spectacular flowers... I love it

ROSEMARY wants to visit Kingwood Common. She’s quite unequivocal. She longs to see the enormous spreads of bluebells that lie beyond ...

 

Revisiting familiar woodlands and finding them as delightful as ever

Revisiting familiar woodlands and finding them as delightful as ever

IT is a crisp, sunny morning with a clear blue sky and we are driving along Kidmore End Road in the rural part of Emmer Green. We go ...

 

Happy at natural world thriving and prospect of rediscovering orchid

Happy at natural world thriving and prospect of rediscovering orchid

ON a bright morning we decide to stay local and visit Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Wood at the northernmost tip of Emmer Green. We ...

 

So surprised and excited by mystery fern we just had to investigate

So surprised and excited by mystery fern we just had to investigate

BEFORE breakfast we take our customary stroll around our wooded garden led by our cat Cilla. She is definitely the boss. A bumblebee ...

 

Return to magical woodland for Easter (shame about selfish 4x4 driver)

Return to magical woodland for Easter (shame about selfish 4x4 driver)

IT is Easter Sunday and as we take our usual early morning stroll around the garden, I ask Rosemary where she’d like to go for a walk ...

 

Riverside meadows with spectacular views and where wildlife thrives

Riverside meadows with spectacular views and where wildlife thrives

WE wake up this morning to find our cat Cilla curled up at our feet. After biting my wife’s finger, she cries out for breakfast. She’s ...

 

Spring has certainly arrived... but there’s no sign of frogs in our pond

Spring has certainly arrived... but there’s no sign of frogs in our pond

A COUPLE of weeks ago, we both noticed the absence of common frogs in our garden pond. This is unusual. Rosemary tells me that they ...

 

Destruction of this favourite natural copse almost reduced me to tears

Destruction of this favourite natural copse almost reduced me to tears

IT is a windy day and I think it unwise to take a woodland walk for fear of falling branches and trees. Although the ground is drying ...

 

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