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AUGUST - "A house is made with walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams" (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance, Among my skimming swallows; I make the netted sunbeam dance Against my sandy shallows. Please don't imagine that, because I don't mention the present pain on our planet, I'm not feeling it. We all are. My focus in this blog will be on the natural world as I experience it. Powerful stuff! August began, as July ended, in the Cumbrian part of the Yorkshire Dales and the first day was a reminder of the importance of railways, old and new, for wildlife. We were in an old carriage, pulled by an old engine, and it was easy to imagine that the reason for the stunningly beautiful trackside was linked to the antiquity of it all. But modern mainline railways have much to offer the observer of nature too. Where there are few people, as by the side of the railway, there is a greater wealth of wildlife. Makes you think! On the return journey from Warcop, it was the grasses and sedges which starred in the tableau from the carriage window - but there wer

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JULY - “All the air was full of freshness, All the earth was bright and joyous...” THE SONG OF HIAWATHA by HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

JUNE - "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates

MAY - "The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing is come and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land" Song of Solomon 2:12

APRIL - "Any fool can know. The point is to understand." Albert Einstein

MARCH - "To do nothing but grumble and not to act - that is throwing away one's life." (William Morris)

FEBRUARY "Behind us our footprints lead back to the imperfections of knowledge and the frailties of our human world." (from "Song of the Rolling Earth, a Highland Odyssey" by John Lister-Kaye)