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Song by Johnny Flynn from the soundtrack he made for the 2011 film “Bag of Hammers”. Paintings by Beverly A. Mitchell. The soundtrack was only released for one day on LP in a few stores!
Here’s the lyrics as deciphered by plenixfyre. (any better lyrics anyone?)

‘Flowers in my garden
birds in all the trees
this is where I’m rooted
still I’ve got to leave
yes I must be cut now
and yes I’ve got to go far

for bread and wine
nautic stover mead(?)
and sainted wing
in every key

jumping and changing
roman girl
lopping, laughing
cockney proud

I’m in the small things with the loom
and you can’t give me any new
except the small things you give me
to beat around you when you listen

and it could be with Juliet
but we’re on this long troddener
and we might be familiar
were it not for them that day last time

and were it not a separation
brought in by an in-congregation

the eyes were given, give a sigh
of one another in the lye
and in the doorway of a dark cafe
and just before I fall asleep
and dream of you
and wake to find you in another day’

Old School Gardener

The Mistle Thrush- photo RSPB

The Mistle Thrush- photo RSPB

The Mistle Thrush is in decline, warns a major bird charity today.

The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch survey reveals that they are being seen in less than half the number of British gardens than 10 years ago, resulting in the species being given an ‘amber’ warning of it disappearing. Other birds have seen their numbers decline since 1979, when the survey began, but the numbers of Blue, Great and Coal tits, in contrast, have been on the increase.

The Mistle Thrush is the largest bird in the Thrush family and its name means literally ‘Mistletoe eating Thrush’. It can be seen romping across the garden or standing defiantly on the lawn, but is more likely to be heard perched high up in a tree singing its melodious song. Because it sings so loudly on exposed perches in bad weather it’s sometimes nicknamed the ‘Stormcock’.

Living in parks, woodland and gardens they build their cup-shaped nest in trees early in the year. Of some benefit for the gardener because they like to eat worms, snails, insects, and slugs, in winter they turn to fruit such as berries from trees- mistletoe, holly, yew, rowan and hawthorn. They can be quite combative too, defending ‘their tree’ against other thrushes! They will occasionally visit gardens for food particularly if they are provided with their favourites on a regular basis –  meal worms and suet seed mixes are a good bet.

The RSPB Big Garden Watch takes place this weekend and everyone can take part by recording the numbers of different birds they see in their garden. A handy recording sheet can be downloaded from the website here.

rspb survey

The RSPB Big Garden Watch survey sheet

There are also a number of events taking place around the country; e.g. A ‘Wild Weekend’ event at The Forum in Norwich will show how to garden for wildlife and there’ll be lots of family activities on offer. Norfolk Mastergardeners will also be on hand with wildlife gardening and grow your own food  tips and advice. For tips on making your garden butterfly friendly click here.

Old School Gardener

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