Nottinghamshire's answer to the Hay Festival, Lowdham Book Festival, opened on Friday. The programme is varied and spread over a number of venues, so it may be safe to say "something for everyone". Details can be found on www.lowdhambookfestival.co.uk
The Epperstone Summer Festival is safely behind us. Though not blessed with sunshine the general feeling was one of thankfulness; it could have been worse. The previous day was one of non-stop rain and that would have been disastrous.
Impossible to please everyone but twenty-seven millimetres of rain one night following eight dry and windy days certainly benefited the crops. The field beans are in flower now, providing a feast for the bees and filling the air with their delicate perfume on a warm day.
An unusual sight this week - two roe deer were spotted trotting along the edge of the West Brockwood dumble, unusual in the fact that roe deer tend to be nocturnal in their habits so are seldom seen.
Sadly, the song thrush who has been enchanting us with his melodious song for the last few weeks was found dead beneath a window; he must have flown into it and knocked himself out. I shall miss him singing his twice-repeated song from the top of the hawthorn tree. As the poet wrote -
"That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture"