skies with silver wings I fly
of the sunlight clouds gone by.
climb, soar and swoop out of nowhere,
and talons keen, seldom seen with my loot”.
A colourful autumn like last year has now arrived. Sunny days bring out more rich tints on our town’s lime and maple leaves, before the November gales strip them bare. Many sycamores, which in autumns past have looked dull and drab were a strange yellow this year. On the Hills the dark red leaves and pinkish red, four lobed fruits of the spindle trees make a good show. In times gone by their hard and dense wood was fashioned into skewers, pegs, and parts for spinning wheels.
Adult Peregrine Juvenile Peregrine Peregrine in Flight
Our local peregrines have had a difficult time. Near the
Wyche, the nest site was abandoned because of work being carried out on the
nearby cliff face. The site at North Hill was also a concern with only one chick
surviving. Local help on the Hill has been invaluable in monitoring any signs of
egg collectors or others who might wish to do the birds harm. A pair of birds in
the Ludlow area was poisoned while breeding this year.
More sunshine than usual in June and July has helped
butterflies and bees to have a good year. Dark green fritillaries
hair streaks and small coppers have all made a show on the Hills. A fine
Autumn has also helped our red admirals and peacock as some
summer flowers continued to bloom.
Kids — it’s
time to get on line and help raise funds for Children in Need, on Countryfilelive.com and also get involved with the Woodland Trust Autumn Project on
Just to reinforce Prue's request for help with mowing and to
emphasise that mowing in the churchyard is a year-round job. There may be a
short break in the depths of winter but increasingly the grass grows [if there
is a day-time temperature of more than 6 degrees C.] all year
In addition to the cosmetic benefits of all this activity there is a
considerable financial saving to be had. We would probably have to pay a minimum
of £50 a mow to an outside contractor. Thus our 'self-help' scheme will have
saved LMP several thousand pounds since its inception.
With heart-felt thanks to those who have 'come on board' already and finally
many, many thanks to Prue for her ready and expert help. In reality she has been
at the forefront of churchyard maintenance at LMP for some time now and is doing
a magnificent job.
I am saddened to have
to stand down but am confident that our churchyard is in very safe hands.
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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