What to Look for in Nature – October & November

After the Autumn Equinox at the end of September, all lingering echoes of summer finally fade. In my mind, October is the truest month of autumn. This is the time when the paint pallet changes its hues from greens to russets and deep gold, and nature’s full bounty can be enjoyed. November brings the frosts …

National Poetry Day

Autumn Park (The Year A Day Older) Wasp browses grazes dozes around the ripe-burst plums. Bloom-blushed skins split and weeping, sugars congealing around the edges of wounds. Wasp visits the apples too, that lie bruised and unloved in knotted grass. Schoolboy still in grey flannel shorts, pockets filled with fluff and electronic stuff. Mine bulge …

One From the Archives: Harvesting the Delight of Parham

[One from the archives, originally posted Sunday, 27 September 2015 sophiecosussex.blogspot.com/] Harvesting the delight of Parham "Welcome to the true heart of England, and of Sussex." The voices of the land seemed to speak to me, "Take your time, linger, let us ensnare you. Perhaps you'll never leave." As a child, I read many a fairy …

What to Look For in Nature: September

September. The month that brings new school shoes, squalls and storms, the sense of a new season, and… the return of the ‘What to Look for’ blog series! As we feel our way back from summer holidays and settle into fresh yet comfortingly familiar routines, it can become suddenly startling how fast the year has …

Local Patch: jumpers at dawn, fairy street-lamps by the ditch.

13th August, and already it feels more like September. I am certain that the year, in the rush to escape the last grasping clutches of the summer's heatwave, has over run and got a whole month ahead of where it should be. Not that I'm complaining however; this is my favourite time of the year, …

Lammastide

August 1st. I walked to work today, taking a route across the common to avoid the busy main roads. I felt the need to spend some time in nature, as thought it were trying to catch my attention over something important I had near forgotten. As my steps dropped into a rhythm of root rock …

A Nature ‘How To’: Have a WILD Summer holiday (ideas for families, or engaging your own inner child!)

Hooray! School is out for summer! With long weeks ahead of unlimited adventure, there is so much opportunity for connecting with nature and having a WILD Summer holiday. The average summer break is 6 weeks, that’s 42 days, So I have put together a list of 42 inspiring ideas, for ways to re-wild your (inner)child! …

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