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24 July 2016

Our big oak is magnificent. We’ve always known that, but now we know it more. The elms – then more recently Dutch-elm-disease-ravaged skeletons – that hemmed it in have been removed. We’re slowly learning to cope with our wide open spaces, … Continue reading

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6 June 2016

     April was so splendid. May and now early June have been such a wearisome wash-out. It hasn’t been cold exactly – though often outside has been so very uninviting that what the thermometer says has little relevance. After a … Continue reading

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25 May 2015

Now where did that come from? There we were, sitting at the table outside the kitchen, commenting on the wonderful mildness of the air and the joy of being able to be in the open, when the skies opened. Half … Continue reading

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26 June 2013

     I’m standing by, bewildered, as Dutch Elm Disease picks off my elms one by one. And I’m wondering why what, in – say – England, would be a major national disaster, a loudly bemoaned and bewailed wholesale destruction of … Continue reading

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17 May 2012

There are animals all over the place. I mean, apart from the nightingales (the woods are full of them and the one who has taken up residence in the smaller of the two big oaks by the house just carries … Continue reading

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