Category Archives: Nature

Apocalypse Now?

The Guardian review of “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells has the subtitle “Enough to induce a panic attack…” I can attest to that. I started reading the book today on the train to Amsterdam, and got thoroughly depressed. Considering … Continue reading

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Just Dropping In…

We’ve noticed a new visitor in the field next to our house in the past few days; a Great Egret… It’s probably looking for a mate, but I think it’s going to be out of luck around these parts.

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Wolves on the March

Interesting article in the Guardian about the return of the wolf into Western Europe – they’re creeping into the Netherlands as well. Cue for impassioned debate about whether, as a protected species, they should be subject to controls. It’s also … Continue reading

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Garden Visitors

As if to provide a distraction from the ongoing horror that is Trump’s Presidency, we had a fleeting visit from a migrating flock of Fieldfares a few days ago. The flock had spotted the fruit still hanging on our small … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings

Our Christmas card this year features the row of seven oak trees in front of the woods where we walk the dogs. The photo was taken in January 2009. So far, this winter has been unseasonably warm. We are definitely … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Important Operating System

I was saddened to learn today that Bill Hill died of a heart attack back in October 2012. Bill was a Scotsman who started out life as a newspaperman and became a typographer, but ended up working for Microsoft. In … Continue reading

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Taking The Kids For A Spin

I’m not sure whether it’s the same duck, but a mallard attempts to nest in the shrubs by our pond every year. It’s mostly unsuccessful – last year the nest was abandoned, and earlier this year, something (a marauding crow?) … Continue reading

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