Wilden Marsh and Meadows Lagoon Field 20 Years Ago

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Twenty years ago this month, Mike Averill took these photographs of Wilden Marsh and Meadows Lagoon Field; sandwiched between the north marsh to the west and WildenLane to the east, then owned by British Sugar Plc and now by Associated British Foods plc. How I wish this wetland resource, as it was 20 years ago, was part of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. If this were so, the Lagoon Field might be home to an even greater quantity and variety of rare fauna and flora than is the case now, particularly with regard to water birds. If the Lagoon Field is turned over to residential and industrial development, it will be a sad loss for nature and the local environment. Of course, Wyre Forest District Council has a statutory duty to promote, enhance andprotect nature reserves and Sites of Special…

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Ecoregional Druidry and the Wheel of the Year: Rituals, Observances, and Activities

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A group of people gather in an orchard, the snows quietly falling, the cold brisk and clear.  Our voices ring to the heavens, toast is offered to the branches of the tree. We drum, sing, make noise, and scare away any spirits who would seek to harm the orchard’s harvest. We enjoy hot mulled cider and retreat back inside for feasting and community. This is a wassail for the health of the apple trees, an ancient celebration that is now very much part of my yearly wheel of the year (and one that I’ve described in some depth on this blog earlier this year and a few years ago). This is one of many rich traditions that we can engage in in honoring the land and living an earth-based path. In my last post, we explored how druids in…

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September in the Woods

Autumn is my fav season 🙂

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Photo of mist over fieldsI SAW old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand shadowless like Silence, listening
To silence, for no lonely bird would sing
Into his hollow ear from woods forlorn,
Nor lowly hedge nor solitary thorn;–
Shaking his languid locks all dewy bright
With tangled gossamer that fell by night,
         Pearling his coronet of golden corn.

Photo of Credenhill Park WoodI thought I would start this post with a snippet from Thomas Hood’s poem, « Autumn ». It suits the first image on this page. It is the view from the entrance of Credenhill Park Wood, looking over the mist drenched fields below. It does all seem so still, so eerie, enveloped in a smothering blanket. However, a poem and a photograph don’t tell the whole story. Having arrived at the woods just before dawn on a foggy morn, the way lit by a full moon, it was far from silent. The woods themselves are filled with the…

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Book Haul – Juillet 2017

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Le mois de juillet a été riche en belles lectures et j’ai acheté moins de livres que les mois précédents, puisque j’ai lu pas mal de SP d’auteurs autoédités en numérique. Je suis quand même allée faire un tour à la librairie Mollat à Bordeaux, pendant mon séjour chez mon frère et j’ai craqué pour la jolie Editions des Jane Austen et quelques autres livres qui me tentaient depuis un moment. Si vous ne connaissez pas la librairie Mollat, je vous incite à aller y faire un tour, pour les amoureux de lecture, cet endroit est un petit paradis.

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J’ai également acheté Vous avez reçu un message de Jena Rose pour continuer dans ma folie de la New Romance. Je ne l’ai pas commencé, mais le résumé est prometteur.

Mon petit cœur de pierre est un roman de Lucile Caron-Boyer, généreusement envoyé par l’auteure et dont je vous reparlerai très…

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