Tuesday, October 18

On giving Head a bad name

May I enquire as to whether you have any contact of late with the gentlemen collectors of the Head? I understand that beautiful part of our coastline has been attracting many continental oddities of late. Taffy Evans has been wittering of Sooty Falcon and Lesser Short-toed Lark. He is saying they have been observed by upstanding members, yet many others have no knowledge of these sightings.

This seems to be causing a little disquiet, with no-one actually stepping forward to say publicly that they had espied these birds. Indeed, the gentlemen of the Head are so busy writing rebukes that they are failing to comb the countryside well enough, and are allowing the womenfolk to venture out in the field unescorted. Only today two mistresses of the village have claimed a rare sighting of a Glossy Ibis near the duckpond, having been put onto the bird by a third kindly spinster who stopped her carriage to call out to them. All most unbecoming. These maids' heads should be full of embroidery and cottilions, not images of swarthy vagrants. I trust this will all end soon and they will not be allowed out unescorted again.

Wednesday, October 12

Let us sing..

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, Pan Listers tick them all.

Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings,
He pulls them all to pieces, to count the lice within.

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, Pan Listers tick them all.

The purple-headed mountain, The river running by,
are full of scarce endemics, to move a list up high;

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, Pan Listers tick them all.

The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun,
Won’t keep him from his garden, in case he misses some;

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, Pan Listers tick them all.

The tall trees in the greenwood, the meadows for our play,
are full of such detritus, to collate every day;

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, Pan Listers tick them all.

He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell
How great our list for Blighty, top ten material.

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, Pan Listers tick them all.