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Fritillary

Nice to see this little chap bobbing about in the (very) high wind today – always a pleasure to get up close. These things have wonderful patterns and such an elegant and fragile feel to them. Harbinger of Spring proper! … Continue reading

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Mad British Weather!

A recent jaunt into Derbyshire illustrated how changeable the local weather really can be. One day scorching, the next quite literally freezing with roads closed and panic buying of bread and milk, (if only panic buying were an olympic sport … Continue reading

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The Leaping Hare – part two

Well, finally finished the book, and it was well worth it. Some excellent chapters on the role of the hare in world myth, especially The Great Hare of the Algonquin people, a hare known as Glooskap, part of a rather … Continue reading

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Four Hedges – Clare Leighton

Originally published in 1935, my edition dates from the following year, and is the first “cheap edition”, cloth bound and slightly foxed, but a lovely thing nonetheless. Basically this is an account of Leighton’s purchase of a piece of land … Continue reading

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Bockhampton – birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), novelist and poet, was born in this cottage – built by Hardy’s grandfather, little altered since the family left. Hardy lived there until he was 34 and his early novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from … Continue reading

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On Common Ground – The Enclosure of John Clare – Hugh Lupton and Chris Wood

Way back in 2009 or thereabouts, in a village hall in north Notts, the world of John Clare, peasant poet, came alive in a vivid spellbinding reality. All that was used to create a gripping compelling narrative, was a fiddle, … Continue reading

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