Ten years of tales – Sept 2018

Hello everyone! A scribble with a difference this month. To mark a decade of Tales from Quarry Wood, we are reflecting on the weird, wonderful and often obscure titles that have headed the articles over the years. No explanations, just so I can retain a sense of mystery and wonderment!

Where has all the Water gone? –  Sept 2008

Fabulous Ferns – Oct 2008

Lammas, Mabon and Samhain – Nov 2008

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Alpha & Omega – Dec 2008

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Winter Clarity – March 2009

Dawn’s Chorus – April 2009

Sprung Beds and Egyptian Stuffing – May 2009

Seasonal Colour & Friendly Foxes – June 2009

Building with Light – July 2009

Damsels & Dragons – Oct 2009

What have the Romans done for us? – Nov 2009

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What’s in a Name? – Dec 2009

A Decade of Trees – Feb 2010

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The Big Sleep – March 2010

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Spring Watch – April 2010

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Aliens that laugh in the night – May 2010

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Wind flowers, Swiss butter & sleeping Greeks – June 2010

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River Hags and Cattle Feed – July 2010

Blowin’ in the Wind – Sept 2010

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Life, the Woodlands and Everything – Oct 2010

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Meles meles – Nov 2010

Autumn Colour and Festive Greenery – Dec 2010

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Cookbooks, Chemists and Catwalks – May 2011

Flaccid Foliage & Frisky Foxlings – June 2011

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Poseidon’s Offspring – July 2011

A Taste for Blood – Sept 2011

Katia, Lucrezia, Titania & Flopsy – Oct 2011

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A Challenge to the Gods – Nov 2011

Fiery Redcoats and Tiny Troglodytes – Dec 2011

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The Wrong Sort – Feb 2012

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As Light as a Snowflake – March 2012

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Lucifer’s Bane – April 2012

Cudgels and Clouts – May 2012

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Consummate Eco-Engineers – June 2012

Food for Thought – Sept 2012

A Success Story! – Oct 2012

Fungal Fatalities and Festive Fare – Dec 2012

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Tales from the Beleaguered Lands – Feb 2013

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In Danger of Silencing Spring – March 2013

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Drums and Laughter – April 2013

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Then and Now – May 2013

The Music of the Night – June 2013

The Venerable, the Capricious and the Maladjusted – July 2013

Fun in the Woods – Nov 2013

A Question of Perspective – Dec 2013

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Ne’er a Drop to Drink – Feb 2014

Prince with a Thousand Enemies – Mar 2014

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Lemon Curd and Honey Bees – April 2014

Conservation – A Brief History of Time – May 2014

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The Straight and Narrow – June 2014

Celtic Fools and Cowpox – July 2014

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The Autumn Cometh – Sept 2014

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A War to End All Wars – Nov 2014

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Walking in the Air – Dec 2014

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Recollection and  Déjà vu – Feb 2015

The Helix Conundrum – March 2015

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The Amphibification of Fertility – April 2015

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Portents and Pollutants – May 2015

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Arboreal lights & disappearing coats – June 2015

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Dawn’s Cacophony – July 2015

They Fly By Night – Oct 2015

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Candles, Copters & Colours – Nov 2015

Prophesies from the Easterlies – Dec 2015

Here we go again! – Feb 2016

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Spines & Spots – April 2016

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Stripes for danger – May 2016

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Tempus Fugit – June 2016

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How is your lady wife today? – July 2016

Two thousand and sixteen thus far – Sept 2016

Making logs while the sun shines – Oct 2016

Jasper, beware! – Nov 2016

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Wassail! – Dec 2016

The Velvet Underground – Feb 2017

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The Great, The Blue and The Long of Tail or Carry on Birdwatching – Mar 2017

Not so humble! – April 2017

Two go forth! – May 2017

The Bug of Many Names – June 2017

Artistic seats & the tiniest of giants – July 2017

The Summer of ’17 – September 2017

Celebrating the ton! – November 2017

A year in the life of a reserve – Dec 2017

Grey Clouds – Febraury 2018

Green Clouds – March 2018

The Great Game – April 2018

Yellow Clouds & Purple Thorns – May 2018

Life on the Surface – July 2018

Ten Years of Tales – Sept 2018

So, there it is: Ten Years of Tales. I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have writing about life on our little reserve in the lovely village of Crowhurst. None of it would have been possible without the encouragement, IT input and photography of Lorna.

It is gratifying to note that the issues I have covered remain relevant to this day. We could reprint the very first scribble with some justification as the present state of the Quarry Wood pond is a sorry-looking, muddy wallow beneath the rockface!

Here’s to the next ten years!

Paul Johnson – pgcrow@yahoo.com

 

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