A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Frosty Fields - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?
"Back there in old Dunhallow the frosty fields are gray And the wildborn birds are silent at the dawning of the day And the chilly winds of January sough in the naked trees And ice is on the dark pond from the hard overnight freeze......."
Lines taken from "Back there in Old Dunhallow The Frosty Fields are Gray" by Francis Duggan
Sadly, if I return to this very same spot this time next year or the year after there is no guarantee that I will be greeted with exactly the same view.
These ancient fields with their medieval ridge and furrows and fishponds are under threat from a proposed housing development.
As I stood at this peaceful scene watching winter thrushes looking for berries in the hawthorn bushes, I felt not only sad, but very angry and frustrated at the thought that, unless the Government has a massive rethink and redraft of their proposed new planning laws, many fields like these may disappear for ever leaving just row after row of houses.
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