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The Clerk in the Country

Friday 10th September 2021 Harvest continues … Although most of the cereal fields around here now look like this, there is still plenty to harvest whenever there are a few dry days.  These beans are awaiting the arrival of a …

Posted - 11/09/2021 | Read more

The Clerk (partly) in the Country

Friday 3rd September 2021 Back with the squirrels It is 76 weeks since I taped a notice announcing temporary closure of the Lodge because of Covid-19 to the glass panel of the door.  On 31st August the office officially, though …

Posted - 5/09/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 20th August 2021 If it stays like this … During that week in mid-July when the sun never stopped shining, temperatures soared and crops seemed to ripen before our eyes, neighbouring farmers, smiling, serviced their combines and said “Next …

Posted - 21/08/2021 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 13th August 2021 John Gibson Two hundred years ago the Yorkshire Philosophical Society didn’t exist.  But things were afoot … In July of 1821, John Gibson, a manufacturing chemist from Essex, was visiting friends in his native Yorkshire, probably …

Posted - 14/08/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 6th August 2021 A Change of Scene They say change happens slowly in the countryside but at 8 am on August 1st this took only 8 seconds.

Posted - 7/08/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 30th July 2021 Reflections of a Wagtail Birds learn fast.  My Pied Wagtail neighbour memorised within minutes the location of his supposed rivals, as he toured his territory attacking his own reflection wherever he spotted it.  The demands of …

Posted - 31/07/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 23rd July 2021 Learning to chirp Imitating sparrows was a favourite occupation of my childhood budgerigar, who answered their chirps and joined in with their chittering squabbles, running up and down his perch with enthusiasm.   By contrast, in the …

Posted - 24/07/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 16th July 2021 Why don’t sparrows sing? Thank you to one of our readers who inspired this blog entry by posing the question: why don’t sparrows sing?  I consulted a near neighbour on this point and, as expected, his …

Posted - 17/07/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in a City

Friday 9th July 2021 A World Upside Down A journey to Ely takes you across one of the most striking landscapes in the country, where roads, railways and even rivers and ditches run on banks between the arable fields.  Drained …

Posted - 10/07/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in a City

Friday 2nd July 2021 The Eels of Ely The name Ely is popularly thought to derive from its location in an area where eels were abundant, although there is doubt about this because it seems eels may have been known …

Posted - 4/07/2021 | Read more