The gold finch search party

I was feeling in a good mood.  It was 1 o'clock in the morning and I was unloading camping gear from my car after having been at a music festival.  All was well.  Then Henry my cat appeared at my feet with a tiny bird between his jaws.  “Henry” I ordered. “Drop it”.  I scooped …

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Little night-lights

As the light from the setting-sun diminishes, I sit in my August garden and recollect the delights of this sun-drenched season; the camping trips, the music and the adventures.  My thoughts then turn to the magic of high-summer nights and to my last nocturnal escapade in late July to see the glowworms of North Dorset …

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Shady adventures at Westonbirt Arboretum

In a flight of spontaneity, I find my car involuntarily turning towards the brown signs that lead me to Westonbirt Arboretum. Turning into the carpark, I was instantly glad I had come.  Trees are truly magnificent. Their dazzling shapes, presence and personalities, and the cool, stippled light they provide.  It is a steamy hot July …

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