Meadowland The Private Life of an English Field (NEW)
E arth are bleak and leave readers with a feeling of despair Lewis Stemple manages to addresses Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between ecological concerns but keeps the focus on celebrating the beauty and natural rhythms of his field I dogared at least 3 dozen pages and underlined numerous passages
so I could asily find them in the future As a closing thought I will share the following To stand alone I could asily find them in the future As a closing thought I will share the following To stand alone a field in England and listen to the morning chorus of the birds is to remember why life is preciousI will proselytize on behalf of the dawn chorus If you rise at dawn in May you can savour the world "BEFORE THE PANDEMONIUM DIN OF THE "the pandemonium din of the Revolution and 247 shoppingThere s an 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set evening chorus too and it is bestnjoyed on a day like this when the light is seductive in white veils and there is The Seventh Witch enough moisture in the dusk air to intensify the floral incense of the spring meadowOh the joy to be alive in England in Meadowland once May is here This is a gorgeous homage to the traditional English meadow I was trying to read this book slowly and follow Lewis Stempel through his year on the Lower Meadow of his home in Herefordshire However I could only stretch it out two months because it s such a pleasure to read Lewis Stempel is a man of the land and a poet at heart He spends so much time walking the night meadow that I halfxpected him to turn into a werewolf by the nd of the year I m a romantic at heart I learnt so much about English flora and fauna reading Meadowland The old ways do not seem so "Mad In An Ancient Landscape " in an ancient landscape I can barely see one lectric lightand I can hold in my cupped hand the Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America eternal peace of night This book is so beautifully written that I know I will be tracking down his other books A lovely book I think the idea of a micro approach to nature concentrating on a single field is a reallyffective way of revealing through the seasons the different wildlife responses to a changing The Pocket Wife environment What we learn is just how adaptable nature is despite the genuine fears that we have for the planet in the face of climate change deniers like Trump and his ilk and the morons in the Atlantic Bridge wing of the UK Conservative PartyStempel has written a number of high uality nature books but in mystimation this is the best I shall take away the thought that The Color of Our Sky every corner of our world however humble has its own dynamics and is important in its own right Sometimes we look and do not see the daily dramas played out on just one patch ofarth Even hoary old professional conservationists like me need reminding from time to time of the wonders all around us Read this and regain your senses. Among others Their births lives and deaths are stories that thread through the book from first page to lastIn Meadowland Lewis Stempel does for meadows what Roger Deakin did for woodland and rivers in his bestselling books Wildwood and Waterlo. ,
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It just looks like a regular field
It has a hedge around it and it is full of grass with some muddy patches nearhas a hedge around it and it is full of grass with some muddy patches near feeding troughs and the gateAnd you would think that is it But it isn t trust me on this it really isn t This field is teeming with lifeThere are the red kites feasting on wild and domesticated animals the badgers that patrol the field the playful fox cubs the hidden moles visible only from their mounds that try and consume the thousands of arthworms that popul An intimate look into an English farmer s "Life A World I Ll Never Be Privy To In " a world I ll never be privy to in life but now I have xperienced a whole season in a meadow in Herfordshire thanks to Lewis Stempel He peppers his daily observations about the birds insects flowers and vegetation in his field with poetry history little scraps of notes he made while out working and the current situation with farming in England and climate change I imagine him sitting down Obsession every other day at thend of the day to jot down his thoughts then before he bounds his notes before a diary becomes a draft for a book to be submitted bolsters it with Cabaret: A Roman Riddle everythinglse the history and the poetry and the research I read it very night just a few days of his life to bring myself ven just for a moment to a beautiful day in the meadow It was a beautiful xperience If you want to read a book about a piece of land where the writer is truly in love with that piece of land then this is the book for you So many people will probably come across a meadow and see only a field so few are going to see things through the yes of John Lewis Stempel His knowledge of all the types of animals flowers bugs and All Roads Lead Home even grasses is incredible Whenever I read a nature book I try to remember one thing and then go and identify it in the wild this time around I am focusing on the awesome sounding Wolf Spider I get them in my garden and will now be able to identify them as I save my wife andldest daughter from being aten alive by one of themYou can t help but compare this book with Roger Deakin s Notes from Walnut Tree Farm and whilst they are a similar blend of nature musings poetry and life on the farm ach author has such a strong voice they feel so different Deakin wrote a lot of his book whilst sat at hi 45 John Clare found his poems in a field Sometimes I find words There is nothing like working land for growing and reaping lines of prose Lewis Stempel is a proper third generation Herefordshire farmer but also a naturalist with a poet s ye His day job might involve shooting rabbits cutting hay and delivering lambs but he still finds the time to notice and. What really goes on in the long grass Meadowland gives an uniue and intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December together with its biography In xuisite prose John Lewis Stempel records the passage of the seasons from. Appreciate wildlife He knows his field s flowers insects and birds as well as he knows his cows he gets uiet and close nough to the ground to watch a shrew devouring beetlesAfter Robert Macfarlane s Landmarks this is my second favorite nature book read this year It s similar to a couple others I read but works much better For instance it s a rough chronological diary of a year in the meadow but unlike Mark Cocker
*s claxton it *Claxton it t keep slavishly to its schedule or read like a bunch of short ntries pieced together Whereas Rob Cowen s Common Ground anthropomorphized animal life Lewis Stempel never forgets he is one in a diversity of speciesJune and July are stand out chapters with some truly magical moments One Midsummer s Eve his three horses and donkey trotted out and started prancing around him in a fairy circle Another time his daughter went missing and he found her fast asleep in a pile of placid pigs When his mower broke on a stone he had to cut the hay by hand returning him to a centuries gone model of hard laborAnd all delivered in the most lovely prose Here are a few samplesThe dew trapped in the webs of countless money spiders has skeined the ntire field in tiny silken pocket suares gnomes handkerchiefs
Dropped In The SwardIin the swardI schatalogically about the curlews as though it is their migratory wingbeats that turn the arth and should they fail to appear we will have ntered some Just Cause ecologicalnd time But they are home home to breedTo stand alone in a field in England and listen to the morning chorus of the birds is to remember why life is preciousA crow rows through the sky Wasps soporifically suck on blackberries Beautiful beautiful nature writing and lovely illustrations A lovely twelve month journal any nature lover would appreciate A few months ago a GR friend reviewed this book and it sounded like just the sort of thing I d love Sadly when trying to locate a copy I found out it isn t readily available in the US I m still baffled as to why an book isn t available but I also know nothing about copyright and publishing laws and business arrangements When I traveled to the UK a few weeks ago this book and a few others were top on the list of souvenirs to bring home This book was a pure joy to read John Lewis Stempel is a keen observer who has the patience and the passion to see in nature what so many others would miss He has a deep rooted connectedness to the land throughout very season His writing is xuisite and by use of all of his senses he transports his readers to that English meadow in Herefordshire In an age when so many books about th. Cowslips in spring to the hay cutting of summer and grazing in autumn and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath the badger clan the fox family the rabbit warrenthe skylark brood and the curlew pair. .