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Richard on May 16th, 2015

Ronald Blythe welcomes a visitor from Africa, and smartens up his garden THE first cuckoo. Its call-note is unmistakeable, the books tell me. As is its parasitic habit. Why build a nest when others can build it for you? It glides in from foreign parts to its seasonal home in the Stour Valley. It likes the […]

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Richard on May 9th, 2015

Ronald Blythe recalls an author with whom he strolled in London IT IS one of those grey mornings – the west wind soft and contemplative, the animals munching the May grass, nose to nose. The radio goes in one ear and out the other until, suddenly, I am all attention. A name is mentioned, then a […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 8 May 2015

Richard on May 9th, 2015

Farmers are sowing, weeds are growing, lawns need mowing – it’s all activity on the farm and in the garden, now that May is here! Flower arrangements in Church take on a different pattern, with an increasingly impressive selection of flowers to choose from; and of course in Wormingford and Mount Bures, we’re gearing up […]

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Richard on May 2nd, 2015

Ronald Blythe sings to the sound of a harp, and goes to a bluebell party TO THE Alde Valley for its festival. The harpist accompanies evensong; the poet George Crabbe was Rector here. They say that, having drummed scripture into the members of his congregation, he would take them for a botany lesson round the parish. […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 1 May 2015