Helping Hands

When an idea or feeling creeps up on you, it is almost impossible to ignore. This was what happened about six years ago, when I had been caning the David Attenborough BBC documentaries, watching one series after another - reminiscing with the gorgeous imagery of coral reefs, lush rainforests and mountains - and really missing... Continue Reading →

Reflections

One of my favourite spots to go and contemplate in is my local woodland reserve. I remember how I was feeling on this day a few years ago. I was at a crossroads in my career, having been through a few setbacks despite knowing deep down that I was good enough for progression but just... Continue Reading →

Last and First

As I'm writing, we are officially sailing through the first day of 2021 in the UK, so firstly a very Happy New Year to us all. Yesteryear was probably - for a lot of people - a branch that we'd like to snap across our knee. Although our boundaries and freedom have changed drastically, a... Continue Reading →

Like a Flowing River

"Life gets in the way", says a friend of mine. Actually he's not the only person who has openly expressed that sentiment, although I have never really agreed with it. I am aware that I haven't written in a long while; one might say that life did get in the way but for me it's... Continue Reading →

A New Path

For those of you who had seen my last poem, yes I must admit, it was sad. “Very beautiful, but sad”, as I was told by my close friend. What can I say? It has stemmed from pure, raw feelings. Feelings of frustration and uncertainty that I had been experiencing. Yesterday my ‘very beautiful, but... Continue Reading →

A Lifting Woodland Walk

Last week, lockdown restrictions lifted ever so slightly, which means we can now drive to somewhere for a walk. The first place I really wanted to get out to was my favourite local woodland walk, about a 10-minute drive away. I recall the first time I came across this little gem of a place. I... Continue Reading →

A Leafy Opportunity

When I'm not out walking amongst Nature, I'm buried in books. This week my main focus of study is tree phenology. "Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate, as well as habitat factors (such as elevation)." As winter becomes... Continue Reading →

Mean Hands, Mean Work

I looked at my hands this week and I didn't expect anything less. A few days spent in the relentless winter rain and cold - albeit in the woods - made me realise what I'd got myself into during the hardest of seasons. However I was relieved to have that filth and cragginess on my... Continue Reading →

The Power of Water in a Wood

https://videopress.com/v/BhSwZuFE?autoPlay=true&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Water should never be underestimated. Especially after a bad storm. At the beginning of the week, I was out with two of my colleagues on a storm inspection. We had several reports of Storm Dennis' weekend rampage on our estate's trees and found many more unreported casualties. A substantial oak tree completely uprooted My... Continue Reading →

Conflict or Consciousness

My sensible and logical mind refuses to use the word 'vs' in my blog title, as I think that sets too much of an aggressive tone. If there is any fighting it will only be in our minds. Through my life I've been quite conscious of how my mind works. Though it may struggle at... Continue Reading →

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