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Monthly Archives: September 2011

(Click on image to enlarge) I am reading about the industry, the people and the families that have affected Wilden Marsh over the years. Today, Wilden Marsh has scars and relics  from some of the heavy industries that have surrounded it during the past five hundred years. Most of that heavy industry has failed the test of time. Could the marsh be an analogy for a world of excesses, with all the trials and tribulations that… Read More

(Click on image to enlarge) 21st September 2011: I am at home, stretched out on my reclining chair. My thinking cap is well and truly pulled over my brow. In this condition I have made connections between the dead blackbird mentioned in my post of 19th September, and various other blackbirds and pigeons that I have found similarly afflicted. These birds were found on the mash over a three-month period, in one particularly small patch of grass . I… Read More

(Click on image to enlarge) 19th September 2011:  It was busy on the marsh this evening. The sky was overcast, and the air was full of noises. The buzzards were flying about with an urgency  I haven’t seen from them on any other evening. They would normally be  floating lazily on the thermals, but not tonight. Squirrels were chasing each other around tree trunks like mad things: nose to tail. Acorns were falling… Read More

(Click on image to enlarge) 15th September 2011: I am hiding amongst trees at the north end of North Pond, settling down to a bit of watching and waiting – a fun thing to do, if you have the time. The evening light is beginning to fade. Something has spooked a cock pheasant at the far end of the line of trees that extend to the electricity pylon. This is where Poncey lives; he… Read More

(Click on image to enlarge) 11th September 2011: The marsh cattle have done a marvellous job of removing the Himalayan balsam from the bank of the River Stour, that runs along the edge of the corridor to the tenant farmer’s field. The balsam has blocked my view of the river for many months and the cattle have eaten it all, plus they have reduced the height of the grass and other vegetation to around… Read More

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