in a haze of ochre buds.
where the river hides
"Patriotism is the last resort of the scoundrel", said Dr Johnson. Sometimes it's hard not to agree. Flag- waving newspaper headlines indicating Great Britain's supremacy in areas where greatness now eludes it can often irritate. Today an account of the hearing abilities of the greater wax moth is headed, British insect revealed to have sharpest hearing in animal kingdom. Let no one dare to challenge the supremacy of our British insects.
The sun is out this afternoon, but winter jackets are required to combat the icy wind. Winter seems to be fighting a rearguard action. The wind strips the blossom from the magnolia. We button our jackets.