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Meadowland
Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field | John Lewis-Stempel
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WINNER OF THE THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2015 What really goes on in the long grass? Meadowland gives an unique and intimate account of an English meadowe(tm)s life from January to December, together with its biography. In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from 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 warren,the skylark brood and the curlew pair, among others. Their births, lives, and deaths are stories that thread through the book from first page to last.
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Ahhh, the much maligned dandelion.

PurpleyPumpkin Yes, they are quite pretty. But when they're all over our green lawn, well, not so much.🌼 5mo
Tamra @PurpleyPumpkin 😜 They are nice to see in the spring as a sign, but yes they are pesty. 5mo
Lindy @Tamra I love dandelions and I‘m living in the right city for that because Edmonton stopped controlling them in city parks and boulevards. Beautiful sheets of yellow at this time of year. I like the look of the clocks too, all red stems and delicate puffs. Not like dandruff at all. 5mo
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Tamra
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Morning nature reading with favorite breakfast: eggs, beans, & salsa. 😋

readordierachel Cute mug! 5mo
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The collective noun for buzzards is “a wake.” How perfect is that?!

Apparently in the spring they resort to scavenging for earthworms and it‘s suspected their footsteps sounds like the pattering of rain on the soil, luring the worms up & out. Tricky tricky.

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An icky factoid for the day. 🐛

Libby1 🤢 5mo
OrangeMooseReads There goes my appetite 🤢 5mo
Tamra @OrangeMooseReads sorry! 😬 Maybe I should post this on the fridge as a calorie reduction plan. 5mo
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OrangeMooseReads @Tamra that might work lol 5mo
julesG Is it strange that I thought of Beetlejuice? And I don't even know why because I haven't seen it in ages. 5mo
minkyb 🤢 5mo
Tamra @julesG I think I‘ve only seen parts of it. 🤔 5mo
readordierachel How visceral. Gross but fascinating! 5mo
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See that beetle traversing the book range? I‘m going to take this as a promise spring will come, even though we have to get thru March & April. 😬🤞🏾 The temps have reached the 30s F outside now - which is when they start to wake up inside the house.

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Up next - I‘m on a nature roll! 🌿

ladym30 Love the cover! 1y
GlassAsDiamonds Oohh... I was looking at this year‘s Wainwright longlist a few days ago. Will look forward to your review! 😊 1y
Tamra @GlassAsDiamonds Since it‘s divided into months, I‘ve decided to following along accordingly. (I have another I‘m doing the same for.) I‘ve read most of June and it‘s wonderful! I encourage you to get it! 1y
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"A lawn, when you come to think of it, is nothing but a meadow in captivity."

I live in a small English village. I love the quiet and the relationship we have with nature and the seasons. This sums up what I don't like about heavily manicured gardens.

RaimeyGallant Lovely! 2y
klarusu @RaimeyGallant Isn't it just! This book is full of delightful nature writing. 2y
leahbird Being a farm girl, every perfectly manicured lawn looks like wasted food to me. All I can think is, "Get yourself some goats people!" If your going to have green space you put effort into, at least go full in on a garden of some sort! ? 2y
klarusu @leahbird 😂 I know. This year, I'm trying for as much self-sufficiency as I can (Work in Progress!) ... I find myself judging ornamental garden space - my inner voice says 'That could be a squash patch' 😂 2y
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A meadow is not a natural habitat; it is a relationship between nature, man and beast. At its best, it is also equilibrium, artistry.

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