online: 24 march 2015
modified: 23-24 march 2015
23 march 2015 new life amidst destruction
...lunch outdoors near the 39 steps... looking at a bank of fallen bracken
and blackened brambles... where a bumblebee is searching for
something... i see a few new blades of grass among many old ones that have survived
winter... the trees are still bare...
...on the road below: a sturdy-looking man is running somewhat jerkily
but with some determination...
...as sunlight breaks through cloud i see that a wren (or is it a
robin?) is inspecting the bracken... the blue sky is half-concealed by
fluffy clouds from the Atlantic...
...while getting up to go i pause to copy the inscription on the seat where i
FOR JOANNE WHO LEFT IN 1993
FROM JACK WHO ARRIVED IN THE SAME YEAR
...now on a seat in Sandy Heath forest from which i am watching a fully
grown heron... just now it's about 25m away... standing by a pond in
which irises are sprouting... for about 15 minutes it stood in other
positions around the pond.... always completely still (so i kept still
also)... once it looked into the water and appeared to catch
something... which it kept pecking at for a few minutes... now it's
moved out of sight behind a gorse bush... so i'll continue walking...
...the ground is very dry today... fallen leaves and twigs that crackle
underfoot... a pleasure to walk on after weeks of muddy wetness...
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2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 john chris jones
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