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Friday 4th June 2021 Coo! Having learned to recognise my pigeon neighbours, I’ve also begun to distinguish their calls. The Woodpigeon’s is the most complex: “Coo coooo coo coocoo cu”* which, as far as I can understand, translates as “Where …

Posted - 6/06/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 28th May 2021 More “Pigeons” Several Woodpigeons have made their home in the neighbourhood of mine, but I’ve seen only one pair of Stock Doves (or perhaps only one pair at a time), pictured in last week’s photograph.  Noticeably …

Posted - 31/05/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 21st May 2021 Dino-birds Unusually, my visit to the Lodge to dispatch our latest newsletter took place in warm sunshine rather than torrential rain, allowing me to take a leisurely look around the Museum Gardens as I walked to …

Posted - 22/05/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 7th May 2021 Mechanical horses By my early childhood the famous “little grey Fergie” tractors of the post-war period had been superseded by distinctive white David Browns, surely an impractical choice of colour for farm work, and a series …

Posted - 9/05/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 30th April 2021 End of an era Passing a milestone birthday recently set me thinking about my childhood, in a time which already seems part of history.  My earliest memory is of my mother lifting me up to look …

Posted - 1/05/2021 | Read more

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Friday 23rd April 2021 Field of gold A walk to “my” field this week proved that what looked to me on February 5th like kale is indeed oilseed rape, now flowering in all its golden glory. On a sunny day …

Posted - 23/04/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 16th April 2021 Back to school again The early 20th century log books for our village school reveal a surprisingly wide-ranging curriculum as well as a busy time for the teacher, Miss Nattrass.  “I taught the Infant class Numeration …

Posted - 19/04/2021 | Read more

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Friday 9th April 2021 Nature in harmony? As spring advances, tempers are flaring among my smaller neighbours.  From the kitchen window this morning I caught sight of two male blackbirds, in the air and apparently trying to land a punch …

Posted - 11/04/2021 | Read more

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Friday 26th March 2021 Seeing off a rival Some birds are fiercely territorial, particularly at this time of year.  When a handsome Pied Wagtail, happening to perch on the door handle of the car, spotted another wagtail on the handle …

Posted - 27/03/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 19th March 2021 Back to school Our village primary school was not among those re-opening last week.  Like many rural schools it closed its doors permanently because of falling numbers a couple of years ago, and the building is …

Posted - 20/03/2021 | Read more