Tag Archives: autumn

November

Stephen Moss’ chapter on November in Wild Hares and Hummingbirds is noticeably shorter than the others. The landscape of the Somerset levels, where he lives, is sodden and dank. The birds of summer have left and the winter visitors are … Continue reading

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Autumn images

I have some lovely autumn images lingering in my mind as I settle down to work this morning. There was Little Owl dancing across the damp grass at the park in the near dusk on our way home from swimming. … Continue reading

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September

The festivity that occupies the majority of Steve Roud’s chapter on September in his book, The English Year, is Harvest Festival. We have some friends who lived for a while in America and every year they celebrate Thanksgiving. While I’m … Continue reading

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Variation

Hanging out the washing in the morning there’s a definite freshness to the air that wasn’t there a week or so ago. On a walk in the hills above our house this weekend we spotted an enormous painted lady butterfly … Continue reading

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Expecting…again!

There is only one word for last week and that is NOROVIRUS. I’ll say no more. It was awful. This morning Little Owl returned to school, every possible surface name-labeled except her forehead. I’m now sat at my desk with … Continue reading

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Goodbyes

The house is full of boxes. I’m feeling wistful about leaving Scotland. There are many things I will miss but some things I won’t. I won’t miss the wind that inhabits Edinburgh all year round. It stalks the tall streets … Continue reading

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Danny, the Champion of the World

The hills that form the southern boundary to Edinburgh are called the Pentlands. On Friday they appeared purple and glamorous, wearing a peplum of rolling fog. Travelling in that direction to visit a friend, and eventually gaining enough height to … Continue reading

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Lining Up

Conkers are swelling in their spikey cases on the horse chestnut trees and blackberries are ripening amongst the brambles. Beechnut husks crunch beneath our shoes on our way to and from school. One misty morning revealed a multitude of cobweb … Continue reading

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Turning

On the way back from a swim this evening the dusk was dim enough that I needed to put the car headlights on. The breeze that tosses the trees has a roguish manner. In England the main summer month is … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards

This morning we went elderberry picking for another one of Big Dreamer’s home-brewing projects. The hawthorn bushes up the lane are already a lovely yellow and full of red berries. The air was damp and mild. It felt very autumnal. … Continue reading

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