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Winter blues and the magic of light

So much happens in midwinter, not just the mayhem of a family Christmas but out there, beyond the walls and windows, down by the shore, in the fields and in the woods. Apart from the preternatural (and for me much … Continue reading

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The vernal equinox and a spring clean

A young blogger (https://youngfermanaghnaturalist.com/) asked whether spring had arrived on the croft. I wanted to answer yes, but in truth, though there are patches of spring here and there and although it is the spring equinox, we are mostly still … Continue reading

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Grey tails and skylarks

As the first page of March opened, tall thunder clouds passed over the Cuillin and Trotternish on Skye and glided across the Inner Sound. Soundless, austere and stately, the heights of their heads were impossible to estimate and yet I … Continue reading

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Winter’s arrival and otters by the shore

I woke this morning after a dream about a Tru(i)mphant bloke with blond fly away hair. Actually there were hundreds of them, rather like the dream sequence in Disney’s Dumbo, where elephants dance and morph into strange shapes and then … Continue reading

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May Day and the icy end of April

May blew in last night from the south. Around midnight windows rattled and doors banged as winds slewed about the croft house. So much raucous energy needing space; and here by the coast it tumbled and shouted and threw buckets … Continue reading

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Spring songs and a spotty waistcoat

Each morning a small chap in a dun-coloured tail-coat sings lustily. Almost bursting across his proud chest and rounded midriff is a champagne-cream waistcoat spotted with copper. As the skies begin to whisper into wakefulness, when all the world is … Continue reading

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A wild, light and dark, magical mid-winter turning of the world

The world is turning, there is a palpable sense of shifting and change. It is the winter solstice and after today, the hours of sunlight will begin to slowly, steadily increase. But the last few days leading up to the … Continue reading

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