Tag Archives: Spring 2012

Nonsuch at Brampton

Choral music by composers spanning five centuries graced Brampton Church on Saturday night. The twenty strong Hickling-based choir, the Nonsuch Singers, under the Guidance of the urbane Dominic Vlasto, sang works by the sixteenth century composer Orlando Lassus, William Byrd, … Continue reading

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Green fuse

Bud burst is nearly upon us. Hawthorn and Elders in the hedges and Willows on the Common are all showing the emergent tips of fresh leaves. Ash trees on the railway line are also starting to stir, but they tend … Continue reading

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Frog chorus

From the ditches comes a chorus of courting frogs. The adults gather in the still waters in the gin clear water and the calls (not really croaks) can be heard if you wait quietly on a footbridge. The real business … Continue reading

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Spring arrivals

After a week of Spring weather the Cherries around the village have sprung into blossom. Along the river, some summer migrants have arrived and started to announce themselves. A Chiff-Chaff Warbler was singing this morning – the clue for the … Continue reading

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Marsh sounds

This morning’s soundscape was dominated by geese and Oystercatchers. The geese being a mix of Canada’s, Greylags and a lone Ruddy Shelduck (presumably an escape from a wildfowl collection). Their collective noise a mix of farmyard honks and squawks. The … Continue reading

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Daws at dawn

Just after dawn on Sunday, it was the calls of Jackdaws rather than the a song bird chorus which rang through the village. They favour the dead Elm at the top of the hill, which must stand out to them … Continue reading

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Low flow

This morning the Bure sits high in her banks. This is thanks to the Mill and lock operators who are helpfully holding up the flow in order to preserve the limited resource.  According to Dr Briscoe’s weather recordings (http://www.buxton-norfolk.co.uk/weather.htm ) we … Continue reading

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Golden horde arrives

As I walk out along the old railway line, the waxing half moon hangs in the sky above Jupiter and Venus. The planets measure out a gentle tilting line arcing down to the south west. Above the evening hum of tyre … Continue reading

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Spring arrives

Walk along the river now and you can feel the changing season below the soles of your boots.  In this dry period the footpaths have lost that puddled and sticky-mud quality of the late Winter. They have taken on the … Continue reading

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Fox calls

On Tuesday morning, what seemed like an artificial cackle announced the arrival of a pair of foxes at the end of the garden. The fox conversation continued in a more traditional manner, yelps and barks in what seemed to be … Continue reading

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