SYNCHRONICITY It was to be a week of physical endeavour with all the old tools, the mattock, peck, shovel and bushman saw, to be deployed. To what end? The removal of previous garden making, a willow pergola along with its associated planting, a golden spruce. After twenty years this grouping had outgrown its space and […] Continue reading →

Killing two birds with one stone (or not)

After last week’s re-launch of birdsbikesbuttercups, I discovered a missing link: an article from November 2016. It is posted up today with a post script at the end FOREWORD Globalization promised much and yet has ultimately delivered its antithesis. Its new internationalism could and should have brought peoples together by harnessing and nurturing the bounties […] Continue reading →

Communication Breakdown

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN “Communication breakdown It’s always the same I’m having a nervous breakdown Drives me insane..” (1) How many of us of ‘certain age’ have called on Led Zeppelin’s lyric, manic vocals and pounding guitar for succour following a computer/internet meltdown? I certainly did when crashed in mid May with a deletion of two […] Continue reading →

Fool on the Hill

FOOL ON THE HILL FOOL ON THE HILL “Day after day, alone on a hill The man with a foolish grin Is keeping perfectly still…… ……….The fool on the hill sees the sun going down And the eyes in his head see the world spinning round” So sang Paul McCartney on the 1967 Beatles E.P. […] Continue reading →


HARVEST “ Every one of us is now in the position of the indigenous Americans when the Europeans arrived with guns and smallpox; our world is poised to change vastly, unpredictably and for the worse.” (1) This statement by Jonathan Franzen on the consequences of global warming pulls no punches. Just how shockingly apt this […] Continue reading →

Sweet Successes

SWEET SUCCESSES In a recent book review, Alex Preston made this observation of the work:(1) “here there’s a rigorous honesty about the disappointment that so often lies at the heart of nature watching (and makes all the sweeter our fleeting successes.”) There is a lot of truth in this remark as I’ve discovered during some […] Continue reading →

New Horizons TWO

NEW HORIZONS TWO “I got my new horizons out to see” With the Moodies already in the back of my mind, it was no surprise that this lyric from a classic Hayward track hummed away as we drove down the M50 to mid Wales.There we were to spend a few days at Garddfady Farm home […] Continue reading →

New Horizons ONE

NEW HORIZONS ONE “The thing is”, writes Annie Dillard in her essay ‘the Weasel’ (1) “ to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse.” Reading this, as I went about my daily post hip-op exercise routine, spurred me on. […] Continue reading →