you forgotten yet?......
the worlds events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
traffic checked while at the crossing
the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you’re a man reprieved to go,
your peaceful share of ,Time, with joy to spare.
the past is just the same — and
War’s a bloody game….
you forgotten yet?....
down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget.
I wonder how the
wildlife lived through the carnage and upheaval of WW1. Poets wrote of the
skylark that was heard above the din of battle, but what of the swifts and
swallows and the rest that came back to nest?
Have we learn from
those far-off days how to help and protect nature? One hundred years later there
is much to do. Come on folks! We can all help, perhaps by collecting plastic
waste on walks to and from school, by keeping an eye out for fly-tipping which
costa millions of pounds each year to clear up or by putting a bird table and
nest boxes in the garden to help birds through the harsh winter weather .
Remember ,every little helps.
When I was young
,gulls eggs with celery salt were a great delicacy in smart fish restaurants.
They were sold at £5 per half dozen. With the council in Worcester paying £30.000
for their removal from rooftops need I say more?
During the start of
the long winter nights, urban foxes will be looking for a mate and the eerie cry
of the vixen can often be heard. One can also hear the hoot of the tawny owls
looking for new territory and a partner to pair up with for the spring.
autumn on the Hills and around there are charms of colourful goldfinches that
can be seen hunting for seeds in our gardens and sometime in supermarket car
parks. Large numbers of fieldfares and redwings are arriving from Scandinavia to
feed on plentiful berries and fruit. Make a walk in the countryside first on
your list at this wonderful time of the year.
Gatekeeper Kestrel Stonechat Speckled Wood
Up on the Beacon a kestrel dropped out of the sky and landed a few feet from me, on the look-out for a morsel for its young in a nest nearby. This beautiful bird can pin-point a possible meal from 400ft up. Its country name is ‘windhover’. Stonechats and meadow pipits are nesting again, but skylarks are in short supply this season.
In the BBC’s recent ‘Springwatch’ series, viewers saw
how challenging the natural world can be for many people…...young
birds being pulled from their nests by predators that also had their own
young waiting to be fed. This is how Nature works and has done so since the
beginning of time. But when the predators take the eggs and the chicks of a
species that is facing extinction, then it is time for us to give our support to
the hard working people on nature reserves and estates who, in all weathers,
take measures to control the predators and protect these species.
Come on kids! It is time to support the Countryside
Alliance, the Game Conservators and your local nature reserves, and help species
like the skylark, curlew and red squirrel to survive. Nature needs all the help
it can get.
Will it be a boy- or a girl ?
we all well know our predecessors got things the wrong way round, resulting in
our [sloping] path having the inevitable red sticky coating in late autumn.
'Not the Least'
The story of Little Malvern by Ronald Bryer tells us at page 77 that "at
Christmas 1977 the ancient yew tree was damaged by a gale...." Nature continued
to have her way in 2017 when a huge chunk of the said dead yew crashed down and
wiped out our white foxglove seedlings. The chunk is now developing into the
form of an enormous boot - size 70 ?
visit to the Spring Garden Festival focused our attention on this
wonderful tree. Specimens ranging from pot-plant size to gnarled and twisted
veterans [in pots] were on offer. 'In pots' you say ? Yes , specimens many
hundreds of years old can be dug up and replanted in appropriate containers,
shipped from their native land and will continue to live happily in their new
home. They seem to be the 'must-have' patio plant for any-one with several hundred pounds to
The olive is the
first tree to be mentioned in the Bible [Genesis 8.11],many subsequent
references are to be found. An olive branch is regarded as a symbol of peace,
equally 'anointing with oil' continues as a symbol of our Faith. We now have a
family connection in that our daughter- in- law's family own olive trees in
Canena, Jaen in Spain, very large containers of olive oil are to be found in
their kitchens. If you do not want to part with several hundred pounds
then why not make a trip to L**L in the LInk where £10 specimens are
currently on offer !
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