'I have one pair and they seem to be chasing their babies away,' reports Cath, an e-mail correspondent, 'In fact, I am looking at one now and it has just attacked a blackbird that was trying to settle on the TV aerial next door!'
Cath views their increase in her neighbourhood with some alarm; does 'their sound get on your nerves,' she asks me, 'or is it only me who is going mad??'
I know what just what she means. Their cooing can seem continuous, especially on a hot summer's day but I don't hear them as much these days; over the past ten years their numbers have decreased along our road, perhaps because so many overgrown leylandii cypresses have been felled. These once fashionable quick-growing conifers were a favourite nest site for the doves.
MoonlightingSpurred into action by the simplicity and humour of the in Dan Price's Moonlight Chronicles journals and books I squeeze in a sketch during the few minutes that I'm waiting in the car park in Horbury.
The rear of a house is often more interesting to draw than the façade. You can catch the architect (if their was an architect as such) off guard.
Love-in-a-MistThe seedpods of nigella offer as much interest as its flowers. The name nigella comes from the black seeds. The common name of this annual garden herb is love-in-a-mist.
Puffball SoupOur neighbour Jim presents us with half a puffball that he's found in the fields of a nearby farm. By the time I've trimmed off the skin there's 12 ounces of it. Its flesh is white and has a texture similar to marshmallow sweets.We adapt a recipe for mushroom soup;
We asked our guests to guess at the ingredients. It's closest to mushroom but one of our friends guessed that there might be celery in it. There was enough for 6 or 7 servings.
Related LinkI came across Dan Price's work via the Trumpetvine Travels website.