Returning

A few days away
and cherry blossom gone,
but look — cherries form.

Returning
I refill
the bird feeders.
Rare visitor flies in.
Jackdaw.

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Delicate Beauty

Magnolia Blossom

 

Magnificent
delicate beauty
yet so bold,
palest pink, purple tinged.
Magnolia.

Unbowed

Blue
grape hyacinths
joyfully point skywards,
unbowed by the constant
rain.

Easter

Easter
arrives early
this year, yet
Winter’s grip does not
relent.

Jenny Wren

Shy
little brown
bird, hopping, creeping
around the rockery, Jenny
Wren.

Back Again

Pheasant,
two weeks
gone, no news.
Back again now seeking
food.

Pheasant

Yuletide
pheasant visiting.
Will he stay
when the shooting season
ends?

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Around about the time of the Solstice a cock pheasant appeared in our garden and he has been visiting almost every day since – I think he has only missed two days. The first day he appeared I put out some seed which he gobbled up greedily so I re-filled his supply and he gobbled that up too. I’m guessing he has strayed from the fields up the road to avoid the shooting and wonder if he will return home once the shooting season finishes in a few days from now. Meanwhile I’m going away tomorrow for a long weekend on our boat so have given my youngest son, who will be holding the fort, instructions to look out for him and make sure he has food. Interestingly a second cock pheasant turned up the other day but my resident friend soon saw him off!

Down At The Boat

An Elfje sequence:

Morning.
The marina
comes to life.
Calm waters belie increased
activity.

Martins
twittering, flittering
around the boats,
among the rigging, playing
catch.

Hardly
a breath
of wind, barely
a ripple disturbs the
water.

Decks
wet with
overnight dew. Drying
sun beams down, set
fair.

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This Elfje Sequence has also been posted today on ‘Simply Elfje’ here.

Conversation

Daughter
and son
both at home.
Main topic of conversation?
Cycling.

Disappointment

Daughter
in hospital.
End of hopes
for National Mountain Bike
Championships.

Shoulder
dislocated, fractured.
In good spirits
despite disappointment. She will
mend!

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Our daughter arrived last week for a visit from her home in Spain, specifically to enter the National Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships last weekend and the Endurance Championships in the Isle of Man this coming weekend. Unfortunately on a practice session last Saturday she came a bit of a cropper — an early end to her racing season! I was glad that our eldest son was with her at the time, doing his own practice lap for the ‘fun’ race. With a bit of luck she will be out of hospital in by the weekend — fingers crossed.

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