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Ellerburn Bank

A joy of flowers at this nature reserve today (6th August 2021). From Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire: Ellerburn Bank is a 3 ha. grassland site sloping south-east on oolitic limestone on the southern edge of the North York Moors near Pickering. … Continue reading

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North Yorkshire Moors. Above Sleights.

Glorious sun and still air on this last day of February 2021. Went to the moor to hear skylark, red grouse, peewits and pipits. Took some pictures.                                        … Continue reading

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Eskdale. A walk in the woods of Autumn.

I walked here for renewal.

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You’ll See Wonders

My latest book appeared on Amazon on Sunday. The title comes from advice given when I went to sea: brother-in-law, an engineer with Elder Dempster, cautioned me to never be cynical – ‘You’ll see wonders’, he said. ‘You’ll See Wonders’ … Continue reading

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New Review

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Days-memoir-sea/dp/1981922954/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-drs1_0?cv_ct_cx=best+of+days&dchild=1&keywords=best+of+days&pd_rd_i=1981922954&pd_rd_r=d1757d8b-8f3d-469a-a802-8b0b0f17d564&pd_rd_w=kPsgm&pd_rd_wg=XRxlX&pf_rd_p=3bc9f5f9-9cd9-4de8-b98a-8830064f6b96&pf_rd_r=TYWSNPABVNJBBZ2WVWDN&psc=1&qid=1594806953&s=books&sr=1-1-95fb4f3c-fa15-48dc-bab1-67b29ab0ca13Worldometer says that 3,297 book titles have been published so far today. An independent author can be lost in this ocean of books. From time to time my memoir ‘The Best of Days’ pops to the surface with another review. … Continue reading

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The Saga of the Vyner Brooke

  Take this away, Harry. Borrow it for a while. It’s written by my uncle. Tell me what you think of it.’ We face each other across the little lounge of his retirement bungalow in Skelton-in-Cleveland, ten miles from Middlesbrough. … Continue reading

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Autumnal

Swans out of the north, pushed by wind, sweep in like caped cavalry; lanced uhlans in flight from a broken field. A litter of sudden grey stones creep across the pasture – another drop of fieldfares late last night. Smoke … Continue reading

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A Painted Lady Year

It’s a painted lady year in Eskdale. She’s arrived from the fringe of the Sahara in large numbers. She’ll breed here, then her children will return to North Africa without map or satnav. Had a stroll around our small garden … Continue reading

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Actions have Consequences

The Garden of Karma Rain tomorrow they say, but sun today. Set the courgette plants out, four in a row. Cherish the exercise, bend and stoop, Ease them in, add a copper loop To baffle the molluscs. Then splat . … Continue reading

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Black Hole

I’m concerned about the black hole recently photographed – I’ve just planted my first early potatoes. I’m always anxious about singularities and such. Some years ago I was moved to compose this: FIFTEEN POINTS FOR THE END OF THE UNIVERSE … Continue reading

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