‘What was the highlight of the day?’ asked Ken, our leader. An elusive and shifting enchantment. A certain quality of light. Sunlight on snow. Barnacle geese. A hedgerow glowing with yellowhammer. At Mereshead, as the light faded , a hen harrier flying low over the deep and rich colours of the saltmarsh. Before leaving the Solway solitudes, with the light fading, we took tea and cake in the cafe. Companionship and shared experience was a good part of it too.
Thanks to Ken, Judy and Alastair for running an excellent Bristol Ornithological Club trip to Lancashire and the Solway Coast.
I look forward to seeing Chris Teague’s images from the trip which you may see on his web diary
Radio 4. 15 November 2016.
The Life Scientific. Lynne Boddy on Fungi
* Natural Histories . Fly Agaric with Brett Westwood ( For the psychoactive effects of fly agaric you must first drink urine. Brett Westwood explains the alchemy. )
Two poems resonating around the origins of Father Christmas and fly agaric.
The Night Before Christmas ( the visit of Saint Nicholas) Professor Clement Clarke Moore 1823)
Trance Paul Muldoon