Originally published: APRIL 11, 2016 I formed my own small, very small, welcoming committee this afternoon. It was an impromptu event, the result of a late afternoon walk. I had spent most of the day completing some paperwork and with my eyes zoned into the time-distorting bright lights of the computer screen I hardly noticed… Continue reading One from the Archives: Spring Welcoming Committee
I woke early this morning, but the day broke earlier. Now we are past Vernal Equinox the day-length is rapidly extending. Spring often feels as though we were poised on a hill-crest for weeks, just waiting for the ballance to tip, and now are racing down through the season, gathering momentum, cheered on my the… Continue reading Nature Notes: March 26th
For a while this month, I seemed to lose my voice, online at least. I took a break from Facebook and Twitter, preferring to watch the blackthorn bloom and fade then bud and leaf, than be bombarded by notifications and newsreels. I’ve taken to standing beside the car for a moment before heading out on… Continue reading Vernal Winds
13th August, and already it feels more like September. I am certain that the year, in the rush to escape the last grasping clutches of the summer’s heatwave, has over run and got a whole month ahead of where it should be. Not that I’m complaining however; this is my favourite time of the year,… Continue reading Local Patch: jumpers at dawn, fairy street-lamps by the ditch.
If March is the month of winds and the last snows, April is certainly the month of showers. So far this year, in my little corner of Sussex at least, it has been a cold, wet spring. Following the thaw that swelled the ditches with melt water and liquified within the ground to create sodden… Continue reading Little April Shower
I have taken to walking often on the heathland. I leave work for an hour at lunchtime, follow the path through the wood and cross the busy main road. As soon as the gate clunks shut softly behind me, I am in a different world. For a short time I can put all thoughts of… Continue reading Patch Watch: February 15th, Bumblebee and Bullfinches
I have been doing some blog ‘housekeeping’ and looking over some past work. It is amazing to think that I have been blogging for nearly 9 years, as I started right back in March 2009! Of course my style and writing quality has changed over that time (I hope you would agree, for the better!),… Continue reading From the Archives: Winter Jewels
After a relatively dry 2017, the first month of the new year seems to be excited to have discovered rain, and has been enthusiastically demonstrating this day after day. Few bright days have punctuated the curtains of rain, but when they have, they have been glistening gems. We may complain about the wet weather, but… Continue reading Patch Watch: What a Lot of Wellie-Weather!
I have fallen behind somewhat with this seasonal diary, drifting off in a similar fashion to the way autumn is sinking into the soil under the weight of winters approach. After the first flush of inspiration that came on the winds that turned the leaves to crisp flowerings of golden hues, I have been feeling… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Windblown and Washed Out