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  1. Gardener for Hire

    Article written by Fennel Hudson 06 February 2014

    “The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.”  Tex Bix Bender Read the Rest…

  2. Is Winter the New Spring

    Article written by Woodland Trust 23 January 2014

    Sightings of ladybirds and butterflies indicate long-term trend for advance of spring. The Woodland Trust has received a surge in records of birds nesting, shrubs coming into bud and snowdrops flowering as Mother Nature takes advantage of the mild weather. Read the Rest…

  3. Autumn in to Winter

    Article written by Tim Watts 28 November 2013

    Late October and after one of the easiest harvests and drilling periods in recent years, heavy rains and winds have descended over the East Anglian landscape. The last clutches of wood pigeon eggs laid in the warm September sunshine, produced Read the Rest…

  4. Charlie’s Web

    Article written by Fennel Hudson 14 November 2013

    “Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider’s web? …when the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle.” E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web) There are Read the Rest…

  5. Night Sense

    Article written by Fennel Hudson 19 September 2013

    “What happened to Fennel’s countryside diary in August?” I hear you ask. “Isn’t he rather late in publishing it?” It’s true. I’m four weeks late in submitting the current installment. I could blame the Game Fair, or summer holidays, or Read the Rest…

  6. Late Summer Wildlife

    Article written by Tim Watts 29 August 2013

    Late summer and perhaps time to take stock of the wildlife in our part of East Anglia. Amazingly it is the migrants who appear to be absent, who presumably were still in the Southern hemisphere when our local wildlife was Read the Rest…

  7. The Air We Breathe

    Article written by Fennel Hudson 18 July 2013

    “Houses have but three functions: to keep us warm, dry and secure. Anything regarding character or location is incidental.” So said a friend of mine as he and I viewed Number 12, Turnpike Avenue. It was to become the eighth Read the Rest…

  8. Spring into Summer

    Article written by Fennel Hudson 27 June 2013

    This morning, at first light, I walked my daily route eastward, towards the rising sun. My path followed the River Windrush, then across a meadow, and finally up into Priory Wood. In winter this journey culminates with me exiting the Read the Rest…

  9. Storm Force in May

    Article written by Fennel Hudson 13 June 2013

    Jeez. What a year to start a countryside diary! Within a week of writing May’s First Flight article, I found myself driving through sleet and hail on my way to Stow-on-the-Wold. A northerly wind was blasting the trees into submission Read the Rest…

  10. First Flight

    Article written by Fennel Hudson 16 May 2013

    “Watcha lookin’ at, Fennel, there up in them trees?” “Nothing much,” I replied. But as soon as I’d spoken the words, I knew that I’d lied. I was attempting to act cool, you see, because my friend, who had asked Read the Rest…