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FEATHER WATCH

       

"Who's this - alone with stone and sky?
It's only my old dog and I -
It's only him; it's only me;
Alone with stone and grass and tree.
What share we most - we two together?
Smells, and awareness of the weather.
What is it makes us more than dust?
My trust in him; in me his trust."


From "Man & Dog" by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

It is remarkable what a dry and mild spell of weather can do - everyone out and about enjoying the fabulous spring and leaving
umbrellas and raincoats behind. The mass of bluebells in woodland areas and cow parsley in hedgerows is stunning.

Before this benign spell, butterflies and bees had been struggling, but now Brimstones, Speckled Woods, Holly Blues and Orange Tips are
making this spring special.  As our thoughts turn to summer, wildflowers and flowering shrubs and insect-friendly plants in our gardens will help our hard-working bees. 
Brimstone    Speckled Wood male - Solihull West Midlands 29.04.2014    Holly Blue (upperwing)        Orange-tip (male/upperwing)    

    Brimstones,                            Speckled Woods,                Holly Blues                                 Orange Tips


Around the Malvern Hills area, most of our summer visiting birds have already arrived to breed. Listen for the sliding scale song of the
Willow Warblers. Blackcaps and Whitethroats make it a really wonderful time of year, as they join the dawn chorus.

Related image    Male Blackcap (Nick Stacey)    Common Whitethroat.jpg    Apus apus 01.jpg

    Willow Warblers                        Blackcaps                                        Whitethroats                                Swifts

 

In late May the swifts will arrive to nest with us, after their 6000-mile journey from southern Africa. Night and day they fly, and
summer skies are transformed by their aerial displays and excited calls. So it is important to leave a space under the eaves for these
spectacular birds to nest (no wire netting please!). Remember - every little helps.


PHILIP KEDWARD

 

“CHURCHYARD CHATTER"

The Olive.

                   A recent 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 spare.

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 !
                                                      
           Roger.

 

     

 

  

 

 

           

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