Oak Apple Day

As you grow older you begin to appreciate how difficult it is to provide any continuity in life; from employment, to lifestyle, to environment – all becomes a fluid landscape of change. This is why it is, to me, so remarkable that a day like Oak Apple Day in the Wiltshire village of Great Wishford […]

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Here’s the real reason the Tories are allowing the destruction of robin eggs and nests

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:
(not satire – it’s the Tories!) I must admit to having been more than a little puzzled at first as to why Natural England are proposing that nests and eggs of bird species such as robins and starlings will be allowed to be destroyed without the granting of special…

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We’re all in this together…

  Mindful of last nights particularly ‘Europe focused’ BBC Question Time in which the ‘in or out’ debate raged across the panel and through the audience, I am moved to write about my recent trip to Paris. It was my second time and a special event. Mr B. had scrimped for a year so he could […]

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Somewhere to land…

The New Forest holds many delights which I’m sure anyone who has been can tell you about  but just ten minutes on from Beaulieu is Buckler’s Hard and if you haven’t been already it’s not too late.                                    It […]

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Gold, Frankincense and Mryhh…

          There are such riches in our English woodlands. This is such a wonderful time of year to go to the woods, with a good pair of wellies and a warm waterproof coat, you can walk the way of Kings and discover such treasure.   Standing under a shower of falling leaves as the wind shakes the […]

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the woodland floor

I am fascinated by fungi on the woodland floor, all colours, shapes and sizes. I’ve discovered three useful sites to help me identify my finds   The UK Wildlife Mushroom Guide:  http://www.wildfooduk.com/mushroom-guides/ Beginners guide to some of the common types of fungi: http://amanita-photolibrary.co.uk/HTML_BG_Fungi/x/x/ First Nature:   http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/ Do you have a favourite fungi site? i’d love to […]

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Into the woods, then out of the woods and home…before…dark

Perry Woods, Selling, Kent. Last week we went on a bear hunt. Through the dark, dark woods, trip-trapping across the bridge, swishy swashing through the muddy puddles and up the hill to the’ Pulpit’ to survey the North Kent vistas from The Thames and Faversham to Canterbury and beyond.  http://blog.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/2011/08/walk-of-the-week-perry-hill-kent/ Two working horses were bracken […]

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Wimbledon 2013

Mr B. and miniartsmonkey are members of a local Tennis Club and play there in the open air every week in term time; light rain, pre-snow, winter gloom or sunny shine. This is all due to an inspirational coach at the club – Mihaly Burkhur, who has nutured a love of the game and a […]

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