Magical May Trees: Hawthorn Hedges and Elder Pipes

Woodland flora in spring If there are two trees that capture the essence of the month of May, it has to be the veil-white blossoms that take centre stage this month. One, the Hawthorn, has even taken the month’s title as its alternative name; ‘hawthorn’ when the haws (berries) decorate the tree in autumn, and …

One from the Archives: Spring Welcoming Committee

Originally published: APRIL 11, 2016  I formed my own small, very small, welcoming committee this afternoon. It was an impromptu event, the result of a late afternoon walk. I had spent most of the day completing some paperwork and with my eyes zoned into the time-distorting bright lights of the computer screen I hardly noticed …

Spring Balance

It has been a hard couple of months. The world seems stressed, tormented, and too full of complications. But despite the news-reels full of youth stabbings, Brexit arguments, terrorism, and destructive land use, outside my back door nature continues her yearly cycle undeterred. Well, continues as best she can. March winds kept the migrant birds …

Vernal Winds

For a while this month, I seemed to lose my voice, online at least. I took a break from Facebook and Twitter, preferring to watch the blackthorn bloom and fade then bud and leaf, than be bombarded by notifications and newsreels. I’ve taken to standing beside the car for a moment before heading out on …

Lark Springing

I felt swollen with joy, buoyed. My legs nagged sore from lack of use and breath wheezed and dragged on my lungs, but I’d stopped noticing, I was outside myself. I turned slowly on the spot, the scenery much the same as the last 100 yards, and the 200 before that, yet different every step. …