Dartford Warbler

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Location The New Forest in Southern England
Introduction Living in the beautiful New Forest, I am a married late-fifties woman, a recently retired teacher and the mother of grown up boys who have flown the nest. I share my days with cats, dogs, ponies and the wildlife all around us. Starting this blog is a chance to explore woods, fields, lanes and heath with my camera. A chance to share the simple pleasures of my country life.
Interests Natural history, reading (poetry, the novel and literary biography), animal welfare, the environment and all things green, psychology -especially child development, horses - (I rarely ride nowadays due to health problems, but I am interested in methods of horsemanship that use a knowledge of the way a horse develops, thinks and behaves), wildlife gardening, country and coastal walks, following the news, family history, social history, interesting buildings, simple country cookery, art and art history
Favorite Movies Old favourites- Dr Zhivago, Death in Venice, A Room With a View, Mrs Dalloway, Ghandi, Black Beauty, Calendar Girls, to name a few.... More recently - Atonement, The Pianist, The Reader
Favorite Music Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Delius, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Richard Strauss, Mahler...the list goes on. I would love more time to listen to a whole symphony or concerto as I used to do. Listening is often now reduced to catching the "best bits" on Classic FM while I drive. I also love the folk and rock music of the 60`s and 70`s. Recent live concerts- Cream at the Albert Hall, Joan Baez, Paul Simon.Rare treats.
Favorite Books The novels of Jane Austen, the Brontes, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, John Updike and too many modern authors to mention by name. I enjoy reading new authors and revisiting old friends. My house is full of books.I love to have them around me.I swap and share with friends but have a library of best loved novels and poetry that will never leave me.