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Seasons

The season is changing. The ospreys from the nests I’ve been following have set off on their long flight to their winter homes in Africa. The house martins finally fledged their third brood last week and will now have moved south to gather in larger groups also to fly to Africa along with the swallows…

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Wimberry Pie

I’m not good at waiting. When the post arrives I’m there ready to open it straight away. If it’s a parcel then I have to get through the tape and in to the contents quickly to see what’s inside. Sometimes, of course, it’s a disappointment; like the time I ordered gluten free cornets for ice-cream…

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Too Much Noise

How does God speak to you? For me it is in nature or music, or a sudden thought unconnected to what I had been thinking about, or an unexpected vision of a person coming to mind. I’m very much a feelings person. There is no doubt that God speaks. If I wake with a song…

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God’s Love Letter to You

I’ve been studying John 15. The vine. One chapter titled “The discipline of scripture” ended with this short poem by Barbara Parsons talking about the importance of reading the Bible regularly, not just hearing it read on Sunday during the service. Some communicationsShould be studied with utmost care:A map;Battle orders;A love letter. Neglect to read…

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The Spider

During these last six months I have surprised myself. I have watched insects and looked at flowers and other plants more closely than ever before. I allowed a beautiful green beetle to crawl up my arm, I watched ants eating aphids and counted butterflies for 15 minutes for the butterfly count. I gave sugary water…

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What I have learnt.

Someone on Facebook asked can you name one good thing to come out of self-isolation, lock down and shielding? There were lots of positive answers I’m pleased to say. This is my answer. I watched as the female osprey at the Glaslyn and Dyfi nests returned from Africa and waited anxiously for their long standing…

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Starting in the wrong place.

I used to be crafty. I won prices at the Hightown show for my cards and cross stitch so I’m not a novice. However I hadn’t done any for a while but decided that since, during self-isolation, I had time, I would start again. It was the third piece of work that made me ask…

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What are wasps for?

There was a post on the Self-Isolating Bird Club Facebook page which asked the question “What are wasps for?” It’s a question I have asked myself along with “What are ants / slugs / snails for?” One person gave quite a full answer describing how wasps help pollination of our crops, trees and other plants….

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Ants and Aphids

Here in Hightown we have always been plagued with ants each summer. The good thing is that they have realised that they are not welcome in the house and for the last few years they have stayed outside. I recently saw a video of a man pouring molten metal down an old ant nest in…

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Empty Nest Syndrome

I’m suffering from empty nest syndrome. All the nests in my garden or which I can see from the windows are empty. The last ones to go were the house martins and I suddenly realised last night as I went to bed that I couldn’t hear the chicks in the nest above the bedroom window….