A cloudless sky, the sun warm on my shoulders – one of the first days when it’s felt as if the long tramp through winter’s cold is over. Gardening this morning, then walking my dog in Sefton Park in the afternoon, seeing all this glory in the natural world, brought to mind the question – What is wrong with … Continue reading Spring: sunshine and glory. But: What is wrong with us?
This is the time of year when the morning dog walk in Sefton Park is accompanied by the loud drumming of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. It’s a handsome bird when you catch a glimpse of it, either clinging to a tree trunk or flying from tree to tree in a flash of black, white and red. This … Continue reading A woodpecker skirmish in the park
Atelopus zeteki, the Panamanian Golden Frog Though it might be nice to imagine there once was a time when man lived in harmony with nature, it’s not clear that he ever really did. Elizabeth Kolbert is a journalist who writes on science matters for the New Yorker. She has written two books, the first being Field Notes … Continue reading The Sixth Extinction: humanity busy sawing off the limb on which it perches
A piece in today’s Guardian by George Monbiot summed up my thoughts about the destructive nature of the economic system that we live under, with its blind commitment to constant growth, and also reminded me of a documentary film I saw recently. Monbiot began his piece in a tone far from upbeat: ‘Another crash is coming. We … Continue reading Growth: the destructive god
CF Tunnicliffe, Badgers The badger is one of our best-loved animals – and yet, despite the fact there are more badgers per square mile in Britain than any other country, few of us have seen one (our one, magical encounter is described here). I have just finished reading Badgerlands in which Patrick Barkham sets out to trace the strange history of … Continue reading Badgerlands: perturbation in the nation
September 2014 in Sefton Park Today, the last day of September, I picked two pounds of strawberries on our allotment. Plus many more of the courgettes and tomatoes that have advanced in battalions in recent weeks. A couple more figs are ripening, and there’s a second flush of blackberries on the bramble patch at the rough … Continue reading The last day of September
First fig: ‘every fruit has its secret’ Somewhere in the Bible there’s talk of ‘a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; a land … Continue reading First fig: ‘every fruit has its secret’