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Friday 22nd January 2021 Pigeons at work Sunny days now are greeted by the welcome sight and sound of birds, but under last week’s snow-laden sky there wasn’t a sign of life.  After a few minutes of gazing at empty …

Posted - 23/01/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Tuesday 12th January 2021 Signs of progress Flying in wide circles overhead, the big black bird, with its oddly elongated body and a duck’s wings positioned half-way along it, wasn’t immediately familiar but had it been standing on a rock …

Posted - 12/01/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 18th December 2020 In praise of plants Over the course of the last few months birds and animals have featured regularly in this blog but plants have been mentioned only as a source of food.  Time to redress the …

Posted - 20/12/2020 | Read more

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Friday 11th December 2020 Traditions, old and new Regular readers may have guessed that an absence of blog entries means that a newsletter has been in production. The YPS newsletter has its own long traditions.  Although the number of paper …

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Friday 20th November 2020 Growing more flax The late 18th century was another time when farmers turned to flax.  To encourage domestic production and reduce reliance on imports from the Low Countries, the government set up a bounty scheme, paying …

Posted - 21/11/2020 | Read more

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Friday 13th November 2020 Not just a pretty colour The last crop to be combined around here in “the worst harvest in living memory” was linseed; one of my favourites, not just because its flowers turn the fields a most …

Posted - 14/11/2020 | Read more

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Friday 6th November 2020 An anxious winter This week has felt like a repetition of several months ago.  The thin silver line visible beyond a neighbour’s garden became first a ribbon, and then an expanse, as the river started to …

Posted - 6/11/2020 | Read more

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Friday 30th October 2020 A Horror Story for Halloween! Seeing a neighbour’s black and white cat passing by reminded me again of Moppet who, as long-standing readers may remember, could be over-ambitious in her choice of quarry.  On this occasion …

Posted - 31/10/2020 | Read more

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Friday 23rd October 2020 Here comes spring! A fluttering outside the window caught my eye; not the last butterfly of the summer but a sycamore seed spiralling by on the breeze.  Autumn has arrived. To let more light into the …

Posted - 24/10/2020 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 16th October 2020 Feeding the 12000 Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that the slides from the Zoom presentation given to Society members by farmer Richard Bramley on 7th October are now available on our website (use the link in …

Posted - 16/10/2020 | Read more