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FEATHER WATCH

Humans need to be careful: they are losing the ability to linger. Lingering is the greatest luxury in the world and itís free. Itís what people used to do when they were waiting, or early, or not busy. It was the margin around the pages of our day, when we could just go into neutral and idle for a bit , a chance to daydreamĒ Melanie Reid : columnist, The Times. 

Swift      Swallow     House martin - in flight

                            Swift                                                                                Swallow                                                            House Martin

As our summer visitors leave us , I feel especially sad when the swifts disappear from our skies. Night and day they have been flying over our towns, skimming over the chimney-pots at breath-taking speed, calling out to one another and testing themselves to the very limit. How amazing that the young leave before their parents and fly to Southern Africa, finding their way over thousands of miles. As our summer fades, gardeners can start to plan a bee-friendly mixture of plants for next season. Sunflowers, hollyhocks, and sweat peas are just a few that will serve them well. Bees donít just need nectar and pollenónest sites and water are just as important. Come on kids! Itís time you all helped and became bee-friendly gardeners. To learn more , get on the Worcestershire Wildlife Trustís website. Every little helps. Around the hills the holly berries are beginning to show. In times gone by, it was considered unlucky to cut down trees, so many survived in hedgerows and woods. The flowers and the berries are a great favourite with thrushes and, of course, the holly blue butterfly. Lastly, itís very easy to become dis heartened about our struggling wildlife. The margins of our Ďgreen beltí land are being tested by new development and every time we pick up a newspaper, it seems we read about pesticides on farmland, not to mention the fly-tipping and litter which we frequently encounter when taking a walk. So the latest published statement from the RSPB, supporting the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust in their work on shooting estates (where they are helping ground-nesting birds such as lapwing, curlew and grey partridge by targeting foxes, badgers and crows which eat the eggs and nestlings) is very welcome. Letís hope that show of good will lasts for the next breeding season, as nature needs all the help it can get. 

Philip Kedward 


 

 

 

 

ďCHURCHYARD CHATTER"

The Olive.

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visit to the Spring Garden Festival focused our attention on this wonderful tree. Specimens ranging from pot-plant size to gnarled and twisted veterans [in pots] were on offer. 'In pots' you say ? Yes , specimens many hundreds of years old can be dug up and replanted in appropriate containers, shipped from their native land and will continue to live happily in their new home. They seem to be the 'must-have' patio plant for any-one with several hundred pounds to spare.

The olive is the first tree to be mentioned in the Bible [Genesis 8.11],many subsequent references are to be found. An olive branch is regarded as a symbol of peace, equally 'anointing with oil' continues as a symbol of our Faith. We now have a family connection in that our daughter- in- law's family own olive trees in Canena, Jaen in Spain, very large containers of olive oil are to be found in their kitchens.  If you do not want to part with several hundred pounds then why not make a trip to L**L in the LInk where £10 specimens are currently on offer !
                                                      
           Roger.

 

     

 

  

 

 

           

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