Three marmalade cats

Three marmalade cats

Or Gingers as I like to call them. In my time I have owned, or rather been on the staff of, many cats; but not…
Global Influences?

Global Influences?

How can anyone write about the countryside without mentioning the worst drought in living memory and the effect on everything in our rural environment. With…
College Days

College Days

There is, or used to be, a station on London Underground called Camden Town which I came to know extremely well. For 4½ years I…
Stoke Gabriel Walk

Stoke Gabriel Walk

What could be more delightful than a walk along the Dart estuary combined with an amble along a scenic mill pool, down rambling old village…
Babies Galore

Babies Galore

Nothing is more fascinating than the way that different species provide for the welfare of their babies. It even starts with the variation in the…
Oak Apples

Oak Apples

All is not what it seems out there in nature, I'd assumed that an oak apple was a deformed acorn. Oak Galls which are otherwise…
Rodeo Days

Rodeo Days

I was talking to a farmer recently and I mentioned that when I see a vet on the TV these days, they seem to have…
Feeding on the wing

Feeding on the wing

The swift’s eyes have located the prey (if you follow their glance on the image below) - a humble fly that’s no match for the…
What about the pony?

What about the pony?

I was watching a child being taught and if you were just listening and not watching you could be forgiven for thinking that the child…
It’s orchid time!

It’s orchid time!

Would you like to walk in wildflower meadows and see our native orchids as well as other wildflowers? It all kicks off at the start…
Spring is newly sprung

Spring is newly sprung

The very first vestiges of spring were evident at the end of February, snowdrops were nearly over as expected and many gardens had daffodils out…
A life on the road pt 2

A life on the road pt 2

In the post-war days a job for an assistant invariably came with accommodation and a car.  In my case the living was No.1 Bird’s Nest…
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