Tag Archives: nature

The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen

For over a year we’ve had a tame blackbird living in our garden. With her pied plumage, she was easy to spot. More an honorary chicken than a blackbird, she would chide me if I was late in the morning … Continue reading

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Spring promise

It’s the first day of March, the snow is still clinging to the slopes of Weardale, but boy can you feel the promise of spring around these parts. Snowdrops are in full bloom. Everywhere, even in fields and on waste … Continue reading

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Every picture tells a story

I took this picture this morning. I think it sums up the year pretty well. I’ve been really looking forward to this Autumn’s foraging season. I’ve moved house, and so I need to learn my new patch, but as I … Continue reading

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Golden Boots

As you know, I’ve recently been on two fungal forays, and I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled ever since. I’ve scouted my local woods (one measly puffball), hiked over the dale to Hamsterley forest (chockablock, but quite a slog getting … Continue reading

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Make time for meadows

I wanted to write this post in early June. The local meadows were ablaze with flowers. It felt a total privilege to be able to walk through and witness them. I was going to talk about how amazed I was … Continue reading

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We’ve spent the last couple of weekends at a lovely campsite in Middleton-in-Teesdale, the heart of Durham’s prettiest dale. Leekworth Caravan Park hugs a particularly beautiful stretch of the Teesdale Way, with the river Tees forming the southern boundary of … Continue reading

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Roof garden

It feels like a long time since we moved house, but it’s only been three months. I’ve gone from wildlife-rich to wildlife-poor, but the streets – and roofs – are not as empty as I thought. While Crook is brimming … Continue reading

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