A Night with Nightingales

A Night with Nightingales

On a still, clear May evening in a wood in East Sussex the fire crackles as a group of people, including my daughter and son-in-law,  chat together. Why have they come to this secret location at this time of night? Even more strange is that some of them have brought some musical instruments with them? What’s going on? 

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Nature Closely Observed


I love Keats’ delicate descriptions of the natural world. We wish that he had lived longer than his so very short life of a mere 25 years—what a great loss that he died so young, yet what fruitful 25 years. As he suggests, there is great joy and delight to be discovered in escaping the restless world of city life through time spent in solitude amidst ‘Nature’s Observatory’:

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