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  1. scampo

    Gibralter Point & The Wash shoreline

    Gosh - what a flashback from 16 years ago. How time flies. I hope you're doing well in these awful times.
  2. scampo

    8x42HD

    A Review of Eden's 8x42 HD Binoculars by Steve Campsall Sometimes life takes a pleasant turn. It happened to me recently when I received an email asking me to test and review a pair of birding binoculars called Eden 8x42HDs. I have been a keen bird-watcher since a child and developed a passion...
  3. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    And the very best of health, to you and your family, too, Tanny. Wonderful. Your writing about nature and natural events is reminiscent of John Clare and has hints of Thomas Hardy. Do keep it up.
  4. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Nice photo, Tanny - and I didn't think you looked like that! For poetry I think you need an inbuilt sense of rhythm and I just don't have it!
  5. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Well these cheery messages have brought warmth to my heart! Have a lovely Christmas Day, all! I got a spade and a pair of secateurs. I think someone's dropping me a hint. Mind you, with enough wine to set up in competition with Tesco's that's maybe another hint... No birds but here's a poem...
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    Birds and poetry

    Happy Christmas Poetry Lovers! The Bird's Carol From out of a wood did a cuckoo fly, Cuckoo. He came to a manger with joyful cry, Cuckoo; He hopped, he curtsied, round he flew, And loud his jubilation grew, Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo. A pidgeon flew over to Galilee, Vrercroo He strutted, and...
  7. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    A nice poem from Davies, Andrew and from Dickinson, Nerine. Ah, I wonder if Davies's poem isn't rather wish-fulfilment, though? Either that or he was very young (or very old...) when he wrote it. The Auden poem is very crafty... I like it! Aren't the Dickinson poems a contrast with their...
  8. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    A fine and complex poem - thanks for posting it. Moore certainly paints a picture I recognise.
  9. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Beautiful words and sentiments, Bob. Thomas wrote well, for sure and this is him at his finest. How light and airy he makes the poem.
  10. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    I know this one has been included earlier, but having been watching, and listening to! nightingales this past two days, I thought this was rather special: Nightingales BEAUTIFUL must be the mountains whence ye come, And bright in the fruitful valleys the streams, wherefrom...
  11. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    A fine celebration of spring, Nerine. Clare must have used some of his poems to lift his spirits - as he has succeeded in lifting mine with this one. He certainly paints a snapshot of May that excludes much of what poor rural folk's lives were like in the 1800s. I suspect this is one of his...
  12. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Very risky on a bird forum, eh? (-; Misty slipped peacefully into the cat paradise and is now a few feet beneath English clay.
  13. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    It's one of his most famous from the early works. It reveals more and more each time I read it, I find. There are a number of great poems like this in his early collection - "Michael" is another. Wordsworth was far more radical in his early days: " Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But...
  14. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Thanks for the thoughts, Mick - and good to see you back in the thread. Poetry, and reading in general for that matter, are like that, I know - the mood has to be right.
  15. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Thanks again, Christine. He's rallied a little to take some water by himself but he's so weak that sometimes he can't get himself up and that distresses him. Life eh?
  16. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    You're in for some treats, Nigel - there are so many amazing poems on here. Welcome to the thread - do post one or two of your own favourites. Don't worry if they've already been posted!
  17. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    She's on her last day or days, sadly, but in no pain. I've been feeding him with warm milk from a syringe, Christine - no brandy, though. Do you think it's a good idea in a cat so ill?
  18. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Yes, I think he did write that about Wordsworth, though neither poet was writing about nature exactly, I suppose. Here's a beautiful and poignant poem from Wordsworth - one of his early (1798) great pieces of writing from Lyrical Ballads: We Are Seven A simple Child, That lightly draws its...
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    Birds and poetry

    Thanks, Nerine - no more chasing birds, eh! He still purrs, poor thing. He's had a good life, for sure.
  20. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Two lovely poems to read on a rather sad Monday morning, sad because the younger of our two cats, a companion of nearly seventeen years, is nearing his last! Poor thing, but he doesn't seem to be suffering at all. I've just fed him some warm milk with a syringe. Cat Poem They will not go...
  21. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Yes, Nerine - I receive prompts for other threads, just not this one - at least in the last months. I've changed my options to a "daily digest" of emails just to see if that gets things working.
  22. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    I wonder - does everyone receive email prompts from this thread? This past few months, I seem to have stopped receiving them and that leads me to think the thread is quiet. Lovely poems, all. And, Merlin - what does the word "only" mean?! Wow - you lucky chap!
  23. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Ah, good old Wordsworth, Andrew - never let's us down as far as nature is concerned. I do enjoy his "spots of time" in The Prelude.
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    Birds and poetry

    It appears on the top r.h. corner of the Reply and edit boxes (well I have iSpell installed, so that might be why, but I think it appears generally).
  25. scampo

    Birds and poetry

    Notepad is a part of Windows, Colin, so you should have it as a part of the operating system (if you use a Mac, I expect it has similar software). the beauty of it is that it reduces all formatting to "Plain text" which is ideal for web pages. The Throstle is a pleasant poem, isn't it...
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