Deeply asleep I was hearing this relentless noise in my dream. Then drifting awake realised it was real. Isn’t the sub-conscious brain a strange thing. You’d think, living where we do, that we’d hear foxes ‘barking’ more often, but we don’t. They are very quiet & stealthy here but we’d noticed lots of ‘signs’ that they are around. Perhaps this was a vixen calling in her cubs. If it was they were being very naughty because she shouted for about half an hour at 1.30am with accompanying pheasant obviously also woken up. Awake again at 5am for the raucous dawn chorus and never taking any of it for granted.
Barn Owl Watch. He’s a good lad. Hunting every night, quartering the field, bringing in the food. #barnowl
Woody still a regular outside the kitchen window. We’re very fond of him.
My usual response when asked to join a blog tour, or promote a book for any reason, is to politely decline. After thirteen years of this scribbling lark I much prefer to make my choices & at a time of my own choosing. However when I was asked by @rathbones_folio to champion a book from this year’s shortlist, and I had the opportunity for that book to be Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile by Alice Jolly, it was a very easy decision. Published by @unbounders I have loved this book in so many ways & wish it good luck at Monday’s award ceremony. Link to my thoughts in bio. #maryannsateimbecile #rathbonesfolioprize
When over the other side of Dartmoor it is incumbent upon us to stop at Cafe on the Green in Widecombe for afternoon tea, and to wander around the village and the church of St Pancras, known as the Cathedral of the Moor. Always good to see the Widecombe Fair model, and the light in and around the church was really special yesterday too.
This picture isn’t going to win any prizes but trust me it was a magical Barn Owl Watch hour this evening. He delivers ‘food’ to the nest box and then he’s off again. We were sitting like frozen statues on the summer house verandah but he knew we were there alright.
Bookhound at Hound Tor. #dartmoor
Dartmoor now very big on bluebells. You have to pick the right day and today was that day. Deepest deep blue this year.#bluebells #dartmoor