Family Wild Day Out and Picnc in Slader's Leigh Nature Reserve 26th May (photos by Judith Tranter)
Somerset Earth Science Centre at Slader's Leigh
The best mode of transport to our Family Wild day out.
A beautiful grass snake
After the Westbury Walk, 11 May 2019
by Terry Gifford
The song thrush sings from the highest
soft frond of the thrusting garden pine,
its measled breast bright in the last sun,
until it stops, hears an answer, tilts its head,
beak no longer thin-nosed pliers plying love,
and it’s gone, into love or death, speckled eggs
or feathers like we found in the lane linking
meadows that were not there, heart-stoppingunderfoot, yesterday in a recce of this walk.
We mused upon metaphors as we walked.
An exploded cushion? A spill of quills?
A sparrowhawk kill of a magpie in the mud,
not striking white, but sad grey and those
last lines of black, the devil’s mark of
the thief, egg-stealer, loud marauder,
now trampled in the mud by the Mendip Society
Walking Group talking and walking towards
the garden of Westbury-sub-Mendip’s Inn.
A Charcoal Making and Drawing Day Saturday 13th April (photos Judith Tranter)
You never know what you are going to get when opening a 'burn'
Re-filling the kiln for the 2nd burn
Always a huge plume of thick smoke to start with
Laying the fire under the kiln
Light the paper and stand back
Everyone settles down with willow charcoal sticks to draw what catches their eye
The second burn slows down to steady smoke
Result - as shown by Les Davies
A barrel load of the black stuff
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