October departures

September has quietly drifted away in a misty Indian summer haze and a rainy October has crept in behind.   Now as the nights grow colder, the seasonal colours are slowly taking hold and the greenness is tinged with saffron and cinnamon tints; autumn is stirring. A few weeks ago, whilst walking in Duncliffe Woods, I …

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Land, stone and time in the valley of sarsens

Skylarks, crickets, and a stonechat's chatter, grass seeds click and harebells dance. Wild horses gallop and frolic in the field just beyond, small moments amid the land, stone, wind and time. I am in an unusual valley in West Dorset where at the end of the last ice age, the freezing and thawing of the …

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My tree bees

Each morning as I walk towards my garden shed, I am greeted by the energetic buzzing of my tree bees which, for the second year running, have chosen one of my bird boxes as a venue for their colony.  I first became aware of them when I heard what sounded like an engine coming from …

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