skies with silver wings I fly
of the sunlight clouds gone by.
climb, soar and swoop out of nowhere,
and talons keen, seldom seen with my loot”.
A colourful autumn like last year has now arrived. Sunny days bring out more rich tints on our town’s lime and maple leaves, before the November gales strip them bare. Many sycamores, which in autumns past have looked dull and drab were a strange yellow this year. On the Hills the dark red leaves and pinkish red, four lobed fruits of the spindle trees make a good show. In times gone by their hard and dense wood was fashioned into skewers, pegs, and parts for spinning wheels.
Adult Peregrine Juvenile Peregrine Peregrine in Flight
Our local peregrines have had a difficult time. Near the
Wyche, the nest site was abandoned because of work being carried out on the
nearby cliff face. The site at North Hill was also a concern with only one chick
surviving. Local help on the Hill has been invaluable in monitoring any signs of
egg collectors or others who might wish to do the birds harm. A pair of birds in
the Ludlow area was poisoned while breeding this year.
More sunshine than usual in June and July has helped
butterflies and bees to have a good year. Dark green fritillaries
hair streaks and small coppers have all made a show on the Hills. A fine
Autumn has also helped our red admirals and peacock as some
summer flowers continued to bloom.
Kids — it’s
time to get on line and help raise funds for Children in Need, on Countryfilelive.com and also get involved with the Woodland Trust Autumn Project on
Will it be a boy- or a girl ?
we all well know our predecessors got things the wrong way round, resulting in
our [sloping] path having the inevitable red sticky coating in late autumn.
'Not the Least'
The story of Little Malvern by Ronald Bryer tells us at page 77 that "at
Christmas 1977 the ancient yew tree was damaged by a gale...." Nature continued
to have her way in 2017 when a huge chunk of the said dead yew crashed down and
wiped out our white foxglove seedlings. The chunk is now developing into the
form of an enormous boot - size 70 ?
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
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 !
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