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They’re back again

Four swifts screeching and scything through the blue sky over the back gardens of West Hampstead. They’ve come back exactly to the day (see post last year (https://petecoles.me/2013/06/04/theyre-back/). And it was on a 15 May that Ted Hughes published his … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) is flowering now in the cracks between paving stones and alongside garden walls in my suburbia. It’s the little seed pods though, not the flowers, that have endeared them to me since childhood in more rural Buckinghamshire. A … Continue reading

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They’re back!

“Look! They’re back! Look!” wrote Ted Hughes in his poem “Swifts”. It was a 15 May.  While “walking the dog” over the past years, I’ve been noting when the swifts return from Africa to the streets around where I  live, … Continue reading

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