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Gardening is annoyingly full of all these “should haves” that optimists call learning curves.
-Helen Yemm

Blowing hot, blowing cold

King's Cross/St Pancras Development

King's Cross/St Pancras Development

Behind 56 acres of King’s Cross development, the Camley Street nature reserve observes  a maniacal cacophony of crane, drill and truck with relative impunity. The social stigma of wasteland wilderness that has blighted both King and Saint  is its salvation, for this is the London Wildlife Trust’s flagship site, which, by virtue of environmental status, has stood its ground against bulldozing levellers.

Nothing is sacrosanct however, and a new canal bridge entrance has planning approval, enabling  pedestrian and cycle traffic to traverse from side to side. Rare and biodiverse wildlife thrives here probably because Camley Street only has a single, offbeat access which by its very nature, controls frequency of footfall. Thus there is resistance to the proposals but the pay-off is a new Visitor Centre and time will tell, too late perhaps, what effects a thoroughfare will have here. Read More…»

Four of Twelvetide

On this the fourth day of Christmas it is apparent that the gifts are those of food for the table, with a subtle underlay of  mnemonic catechism for the Christian soul.

And a blackbird in a Mulberry tree…would have been a good substitute for the first day’s gift but perfectly fits the fourth. Although they sing, they are not four calling birds but collys. Black as the colliery and small enough to warrant four and twenty of them baked in a blackbird pie. The references in the ‘Sing a song of sixpence’ nursery rhyme are ghastly reminders that songbirds were and still are delicacies in many parts of Europe. 1
fourth day of christmas - colly or blackbirds

The nightingale has a lyre of gold,
The lark’s is a clarion call,
And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute,
But I love him best of all.
For his song is all of the joy of life,
And we in the mad, spring weather,
We two have listened till he sang
Our hearts and lips together.
(William Henley) 2

This juvenile and I had shared a spot in the park, resting in the shade whilst he practiced his song sotto voce and point-blank refused to meet the camera.

Post Edited: Magpies 'Again' RSPB! 'One' wiped us out Killing - 5 baby Blackbir http://t.co/5B0zN8yj
@uksongbirds
Songbirds Slaughter

WordPressers can  now embed jazzed up tweets straight into posts with the plugin:
Twitter Blackbird Pie

The daily link with Diana’s festive dozen meme is challenging and fun – do join her on this  4th Day of Christmas

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Notes:
1. Songbirds still on European menus
- 80 Euros buys you songbird snack 
- 10,000 dead songbirds headed to Italian restaurants confiscated
2. A wealth of info on British Garden birds -  Blackbirds
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©Copyright 2011 Laura Thomas.
All rights reserved. Content created by Laura Thomas @PatioPatch
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HS2: the space-time continuum

“People of Earth UK, your attention, please. This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz Siim Kallas of the Galactic European Hyperspace Planning Council. As you will no doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your land system”

image overlay of HS train on Cubbington's ancientwild pear tree

building of a hyperspatial express route

The High Speed rail company HS2 aims to close the time travel gap between the south and middle England, ultimately fast tracking Europe to Scotland. Read More…»