Monthly Archives: July 2014

The lightness of being in the dark – reconnecting with nature

Last night I sat quietly outside in the dark. I don’t know for how long but, in a way, this makes it more meaningful.The sky to the North glistened with stars and my eyes drifted across them from West to … Continue reading

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Cool Springs Rise

For my mother.   Cool springs rise to The Craft’s steep slope filtering to a twisted pipe. On warm days lambs will sip in hope before it drains beneath the yarrow.   Floods benignly feed our silty depths; a pool … Continue reading

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River dipper

I take a deep breath and turn to my family with a wry smile. I walk out until I can walk no more. Out of my depth, my feet lift from the slippery river bed and I slowly swim in … Continue reading

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The Ladybird and the Ring

Today is a beautiful day and I hold a perfect Summer gem in my hand. She’s a 5-spot ladybird, Coccinella 5-punctata, flown to me as I perch by the river’s edge watching Ben, our collie-cross, playing in the shallows. Coccinella … Continue reading

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Pheasant

The body lies in a clearing long, tan feathers broken in a breeze quiet for a few minutes, washed up from an array of shades, the place where they gave chase.   Body exhales in the sun, yellow eyes set … Continue reading

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