Tag Archives: countryside

Carving Valleys

This morning, when I took Ruby for our walk along the river to Hey Green, the world had turned all watery. It was a bit of a shock for both of us, as we have had such a dry autumn. … Continue reading

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Like a Black Crow Flying

The Wild Heart #2 The Corvids   Corvid is the ornithological name for Crow. The family consists of, in descending order of size, raven, chough, crow, rook, magpie and jackdaw. They are all essentially black with relatively powerful beaks. To … Continue reading

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The Wild Heart

Most people think the best time to go about learning bird song and calls is the spring. After all, it is in the spring that the parallel world of the birds most strongly impinges on our world, through the dawn … Continue reading

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Saddleworth: Diggle

Distance: about 2 miles Grade: mostly easy, but difficult in places This walk is a fairly straightforward affair, following the towpath of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal down the Diggle valley towards Uppermill. It begins at the car park near the … Continue reading

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Hay Fever

This summer, for the first time in my life, I have had hay fever. Suffered from it, indeed. In true man fashion, I have soldiered on, feebly brushing away the antihistamines, before falling back into the cushions and covering my … Continue reading

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Marsden Moor

I love the moors above the village. I just can’t get to them often. Marsden Moor is like the sea. It is open and free, changes colour with the light and the season. It is somehow alien, dangerous, a reminder … Continue reading

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Further Proof (if proof be needed) of my Foolishness!

Here are the promised photos of my ill-fated expedition to Berry Greave last week, which has resulted in a lot of proprietorial tut-tutting from those people who don’t quite get this sport of extreme disability scootering. First, there was the … Continue reading

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