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The Clerk in the Country

Friday 26th November 2021 Shelter from the storm Our November newsletter, just issued, contains a report from Steve Williams of York Museums Trust about his plans to make the Museum Gardens more welcoming for wildlife with, for example, hedgehog-sized holes …

Posted - 28/11/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 12th November 2021 Mind the gap! The old back door of the Lodge, opening into the kitchen, doesn’t fit exactly and there is a gap of an inch or so at the bottom which allows access to the building …

Posted - 13/11/2021 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 5th November 2021 … at the speed of a stagecoach Most significantly, word spread to the Rev. William Buckland, Reader in Geology and Mineralogy at Oxford, and a key figure in the subsequent history of the Kirkdale fossils. Buckland …

Posted - 6/11/2021 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 29th October 2021 Word starts to spread … Following the discovery of the Kirkdale Cave and its contents in July 1821, word rapidly spread. Fairly soon practically everyone in Yorkshire with an interest in such things seems to have …

Posted - 30/10/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 22nd October 2021 Buzz! The autumn influx of spiders continues, but summer saw an interesting encounter with some other small neighbours.  It began with a buzzing in the fireplace.  This fireplace has been out of use and blocked up …

Posted - 23/10/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 15th October 2021 … and then there were none! At just after 9 am on Sunday 10th October a great crashing rumble shook the house and rattled the windows.  It lasted for several seconds and ended as suddenly as …

Posted - 16/10/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 8th October 2021 Spider Season Autumn is also the season for spiders attempting to move in with me, and often succeeding.  Yesterday one dropped from the ceiling only inches away; another patrolled a windowsill.  In an old house the …

Posted - 9/10/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 1st October 2021 It’s Autumn! I thought at first that someone had dropped an apple in the yard but on closer inspection the “fruit” proved to be a conker in its shell.  Its distance from the chestnut tree was …

Posted - 2/10/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 24th September 2021 Safely gathered in It might be supposed that once the crops have been brought in from the fields, the farmer can breathe a sigh of relief and perhaps enjoy a little holiday.  Not so!  Over the …

Posted - 25/09/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 17th September 2021 Harvest continues, part 2 … As I type, on this sunny afternoon, a large black cloud is moving steadily across a field in view from my window.  Now and then the shape of a combine emerges …

Posted - 18/09/2021 | Read more