Thursday, 16 November 2017

Criminal Lawmakers?

All seems hopeless too often these days. With Trump deciding to allow trophies from killed elephants to enter USA and now our own politicians redefining what being "educationally subnormal"means - apparently those legislators who attended public schools.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Failures of Imagination

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Late Fruit

As predicted the mountain cranberries have produced another harvest just in time for Christmas. They make super preserves

Ware Gove

Some people can't be trusted, even when they suddenly appear to be on the side of the bees. Gove's news-grabbing rejection of neonicotinoids may be a temporary halo. And a decision to go for a complete re-invention of environmental safeguards may be just a way of putting himself in the driving seat. All is about power.

Saturday, 11 November 2017



In a complete change of character the daws were flying in something close to a disciplined formation. Many hundreds of them all at the same height and on the same course, for once not competing raucously with one another; wave upon wave of them all striking westward. There were some gaps when  the sky was briefly empty then the waves began again with exactly the same behaviour. How do they get to agree?

Like the starling murmurations and many other wonders of the natural world perhaps we should simply treasure the mystery.

In the case of these birds the strangeness is more due to the oddness of their suddenly diverging from their regular practice of ducking, diving and challenging for the lead. Co-operation at this level seems not their style.

A chilling thought is hard to suppress. There is a strong similarity with old newsreel photos of Lancaster bombers in huge numbers heading for German towns - but then in the opposite direction over Lincoln. Perhaps this was the day to remember such things.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Coming Soon

Organisations need to be prepared. Previous experience suggests that SWT along with Amey/SCC will be servicing the chain saws.