On my walk this evening with the hound. According to Blandford Nesting Birds (Windwood Reade & Eric Hosking), these are Hedge Sparrow eggs. The culprit would have been another bird such as a magpie. I have on occasion, at dusk, heard in the woods as magpies would decimate nests. The defending birds would swarm into the tree where the nest was and in unison, would cry as loudly as possible to scare away the magpies, who emboldened by the fear they could hear, would carry on with their dastardly act.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
In the last twenty-four hours nature has taken off at full throttle. The wheat in the field grew two inches overnight and the trees are beginning to come out in leaf at the very top. A pair of mating partridges have turned up at our offices (they scuttled rapidly away as I tried to take their photo). This was the vista as I drove home for lunch today. Now really, is there anything more beautiful than the British countryside? I am very grateful that I live in this paradise.
Monday, 16 April 2018
Spare a thought for us Brits who have been wearing Winter coats since October 2017 - that's six months! The stereotype of British weather: rain and soggy temperatures to match - has never been truer. On my walk in the woods over the weekend I did however spy this fledgling bluebell, just barely emerging to initiate the Spring. To say I was wild with excitement as I stood in the rain staring at this symbol of change is an understatement. I feel as I have been lost in a fog for six months desperate for just enough sunlight to warm my bones. Could Spring be here at last! Hoorah!!! Now if it would only stop raining....
Sunday, 18 March 2018
A newborn lamb stares at his mate who froze to death last night. This morning the farmer told me he was lucky to have lost only one. Note how the ground has been trampled - the sheep had all gathered around the lambs in an effort to keep them warm. Sadly one didn't make it.
Another lamb had escaped from the field and I helped the farmer catch it. All of this before breakfast.
Remember, there is always someone worse off than you.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Revelation: You don't need a bread tin to make bread. Why not improvise with whatever you've got? This may sound obvious but it only dawned on me when I was watching a documentary about an elderly woman who chooses to live alone as a hermit in the Russian wilderness. I suddenly realised: think. Think outside the box in your head.
Friday, 2 March 2018
Friday, 23 February 2018
What are the chances of walking into a wheat field, feeling like hell because you've spent the past week lying in bed wracked with fever and never felt so despairing, that you'd spot a heart-shaped stone poking out of the frozen earth?