Monthly Archives: November 2014

Walking with Robins

Today’s walk in the woods was thoroughly wet. It has been raining for several days now, and, although it was even wetter last winter, the ground is already saturated. Mist has been hanging in the trees for days now, and … Continue reading

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I, blind Tiresias . . .

According to some versions of the story, Tiresias, the mythological figure from Greek mythology, was made blind when he witnessed the beauty of the Goddess, Athena. As a gesture of what I can only assume to be pity, she gave … Continue reading

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Result

Oh, I forgot to mention. The temporary victor in the fight was . . . the jay. The magpie went quiet, and then took off for the gardens down in the valley. The jay, no doubt, continued planting oak trees and … Continue reading

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Hail to Thee!

There is a light frost in the bedraggled grass and scrappy brambles. For the first time, it feels like winter has arrived, very gently, and is drifting in wisps of mist above the brown stillness of the canal. As I … Continue reading

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Visions for the Blind #4 The Herodotus Walk

Remember, when you go out, to take a shopping bag, not so you can buy things, but so you can sit down, whatever the weather. When I take Ruby for her walk, I know where I’m going and where the … Continue reading

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Why do we never learn?

The times I have lived through have not been dark in the way that they were dark for Mum and Dad, who had had to put up with two World Wars, the Wall Street Crash, the Great Depression and rationing. … Continue reading

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Visions for the Blind #3 Mind Washing

Stare at water, and let it wash your mind. I first discovered this delight when I was a student, sitting by a weir on the bank of the River Trent. I just looked at all that water and suddenly found … Continue reading

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Balance Like a Dancer, Fall Like a Fool

 This morning, in the garden, I fell and hurt my back. It was a similar kind of fall as the one that happened several years ago in the woods that put me out of action for nine months! This time … Continue reading

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A Slash of Colour in the Mist

Today is misty. It is the kind of mist that stays all day, just getting a bit thinner now and again, but always softening the world. Here, it is essentially low cloud, holding the moor. Ruby must have her walk, … Continue reading

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Visions for the Blind #2

What do I see when I look at trees? The walk is to the mill pond, dropping down the steep bank from the canal. It’s not an easy spot to get to when you have such little sight, but it’s … Continue reading

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