Tag Archives: 2013

Carol singing 2013

On Christmas Eve the Brampton Carol Singers abandoned their warm cottages in order to sing their way around the village. The choir of nine sang innumerable carols on their three hours tour and due to the generosity of villagers raised … Continue reading

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December dawn, with Rooks

As we approach the shortest day, the morning and evening flights from and to the rookery become more noticeable. Numbers are down as the flocks have somewhat dispersed but the slow and noisy trail of wind-tossed Rooks and Jackdaws across … Continue reading

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The start of Christmas in the village

Candles were lit as Christmas Carols returned to Brampton Church at the village carol service on a windy 15th December. Lesson readers drawn from all ages took us steadily through the nativity story. The Vicar, The Rev.Fergus Capie, added to … Continue reading

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Hunger in the hedgerows

Two Sundays before Christmas. Food in the hedgerows is in short supply. I hear news that a hungry fox has cleared out a hen house at Spratt’s Green. It is certainly at this point in time that the thrushes turn to … Continue reading

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Vixen calls

Woken at 2 in the morning, the shrill cries of a vixen echoed around the valley. She made her way at some speed along the railway line, calling regularly until the distance and wind swallowed the noise.

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Real Autumn

Now the breeze is northerly. The branches sway at the change in direction and Birch leaves rain gently down on the garden with every gust. The village lanes are strewn with the leaves of Sycamore. Hazel and Wych Elm. The … Continue reading

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Fiery moon

The moon, which was full on Sunday, rises at around seven in the evening with its fiery orange colour reflected on the coastal shower clouds. At first we mistake the glow on the horizon for a distant house fire but … Continue reading

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November frost

The ground frost lingers after dawn. On mornings such as these, deer venture out of their woodland cover in search of fresh-thawed grass. I am being watched by a Roe doe as the dogs and I follow the railway line. … Continue reading

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Changed views

The landscape of the parish continues to evolve. The felling of a plantation of Bryant & May Poplars at Oxnead during the last few months appeared drastic at first sight. But when such moves are planned, on this occasion within … Continue reading

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Bats

Evenings in late September are the prime time for bat walks. This evening the old railway line was teeming with them. Pipistrelles patrolling the well-treed sectors with their tightly turning acrobatics. Often many in sight and, with the help of … Continue reading

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