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Secret ministry

This morning we stepped out into a bright wintry landscape, every branch, blade of grass and building sheathed in a fine layer of frost. Small birds jostled for position on the feeders, a Robin tetchily chased a Dunnock away from … Continue reading

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How many must fall?

The days are shorter and noticeably chillier. Elders are heavy with berries, squirrels dash about secreting winter food supplies in the lawn and ravens croak mournfully from the leafless branches overhanging our house. There are signs of an industrious mole in … Continue reading

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Preparing for autumn

Saturday morning was dry and bright: ideal conditions for practical outdoor tasks. I was forming a plan over a cup of tea when a young Dunnock (downy feathers still very much in evidence) careered headlong into the window, knocking itself senseless. Rather … Continue reading

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Little black nimbus

This morning, Azure damselflies whirred attractively over the pond in search of small flying insects; tiny olive-green froglets crawled through the undergrowth towards the water and butterflies fed languidly on buddleias, thistles and ragwort as the sunshine bathed our garden … Continue reading

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The bird of night did sit

Over the past week or so, young Tawny owls (Strix aluco) have been vociferous from dusk until well into the night. For a species so notoriously difficult to see, the fledglings’ squeaks seem to resonate noisily from every corner of … Continue reading

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Halcyon days

At 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, I was deeply involved in reading a novel when I was disturbed from my reverie by a familiar ‘peeep, peeep’ sort of sound in the garden. I carefully made my way to the window, raised my binoculars and … Continue reading

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Nature remains

Thousands of fluffy white seed heads from the willow trees have been drifting past the window all morning – giving the garden the appearance of a well shaken snow globe. After a gloriously sunny Monday, which saw the re-emergence of … Continue reading

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