Saturday, 26 July 2014

More Pond Life

More sightings at the Pond include Brown Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies, the latter breeding. The Ponds are really an evidence of how rich Creation can be, if only we learn how to manage the Creator's work as we may.   George

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Summer Days

The new boardwalk and pond in Sandbach Park is full of good stuff. New flowers seen there yesterday included Fool's Watercress, Gipsywort, Ragged Robin and others. Just outside the area is one small Common Spotted Orchid, the only scion so far in the Park from our transplanting rescue of last year. Down in Church Street the Black Spleenwort fern is doing well and has been joined by Common Polypody; the Hard Shield Fern is also spreading. All the rich growth is a real evidence of God's bounty to us through His works, a wonderful addition to His work through His Word. - George 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The biggest news from the Environment Trail recently is that the magnificent new boardwalk around the (now) three Park ponds is open for walkers. A pair of moorhen are in residence. The sudden warm weather has brought all sorts of life to birds, flowers and insects. The rain and storms caused modest damage but all is now growing again! let's hop our faith survives storms as well! - George

Monday, 20 January 2014

Moving fast

It seems like the year is moving fast now, as the evenings lighten. Also moving fast is a bird I have seen twice recently in the centre of Sandbach. I was standing outside the door of the Literary Institute when I was startled as a bird flew quite low and fast over me. I was even more amazed to realise it was a sparrowhawk! It shot across the roundabout and up Hope Street. A few days later, I watched another sparrowhawk soaring for a full minute or two in circles over the cobbled Square. No doubt all the small birds on the Environment Trail were watching it, too. Such is the bittersweet, perfect but tragic balance of our present world. - George