Monday 20th April

06:40 – 07:25, wind NE 2 gusting 4, temp 5C (feels like 3)

There is further debate of the UK Government’s lack of preparedness and focus in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

          to south haven’s Bank and the mid-east
    cherry trees froth whitE and pink
             a mistle thrusH runs listens runs
             a japanese delIcacy in a hedgerow flower
                 jay-walk iN the early traffic’s rush
                       sounDs pulse and wave over me
                   through The small gate
        cane frames await tHe beans
   blackcap’s fluting mumblE spars with traffic’s tarmac rush
                      a lurCher palatinate
                   rounded Up by a basset hound
seek shelter down by the stReam
                      an inVisible magpie calls and crow flies
                  a woodpigEon flies in amorous pursuit

Sunday 19th April

08:04 – 08:51, wind ENE 1 gusting 1, temp 7C (feels like 7)

There is debate of the UK Government’s lack of preparedness and focus in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

   to the northwest peninsulA
           moving through a Stilled quietude
           a dove stands outLined on the roof hip
             cross from shadE to sun
the rise and fall of woodpigEon’s display
 the noise of a blue jaguar Passes by
footfall contained within roAdside walls
                    a prioriTy shopper’s slow homeward tread
        a runner veers left To go by
                     on nortHfield an araucaria and a door slam
     centuries of stone-carvEd words
                     a narroW alley and a blind bend
                    a soft wHistle descends high in a tree
          a bedlington terriEr yaps us past its garden
 the gull-laugh swings in thE sky above
         a patch of campion Lifts the roadside

Saturday 18th April

11:16 – 12:01, wind ENE 3 gusting 5, temp 8C (feels like 6)

Healthcare workers in some trusts are told they may have to work without adequate personal protective equiptment.

                                   a Walk to the south-south-east
                    pause at the top Of the south haven
           weave past a quasi-legal gRoup
                                  worKing down to the point
              sparrows cheep to the rUmbling metro
                             step amoNgst graves as the car drives by
                        feathers lie Plucked among norwegian graves
                    pass through the Resonance of the gatehouse
the allotment-edge sweet scent drift Of horse manure
                warmth in the lee of The hedge
               the pink quorum shuttlE shuttles no one
                       long lines sliCed into the turf
                           passed by The memory of an early swallow
                          there are hEns at the bottom of the garden
                apple blossom on the Drive


Friday 17th April

07:08 – 07:52, wind E 2 gusting 4, temp 7C (feels like 6)

The increased risks of domestic and child abuse during lockdown are highlighted.

                 to the mouth of The northeast haven
one semi-skimmed one full cream tHree organic
                        the lurchEr is again in the dene
                   walk right up To a song thrush
                 a volunteer papeRboy works along the road
       no parking garage in constAnt use thank you
             a second chiffchaff Pulses song
                      from surteeS to brandling
                     the trundle Of a cornering metro
    a blackcap or garden warbler Flutes
              singing from deep eLdercover
               a sandstone tombstOne weathered through
                          a gull Cries above the haven
a potential woodland glade is choKed with ivy
  a truck ignores the flashing reD warning
  house of a high sheriff and a lOrd lieutenant’s deputy
                      a sparrowhaWk spars with a mobbing crow
                            a runNer passes by

Thursday 16th April

04:50 – 05:35, wind NNW 1 gusting 3, temp 4C (feels like 4)

There is a dawning realisation of the somehow unanticipated carnage being wreaked in care homes.

            along and down to sOuth haven
                  walking in naUtical twilight
                  wagons noise Their way along the road
                  blackbird melOdy in full flow
                            rooFtop silhouettes sing and sing
              the darkness feedS the dawn with song
                   beyond the lIne of houses a metro trundles
a thrush dimly lands on the verGe
         distant lights of seetHing traffic
                         words Through an open window
                            blaCkbird wren and great tit
  as if by some common consent A quieting falls
                   the late choRus of the woodpigeons
                 birds ghost thEir way across the grass
                              sHapes swoop
                  and drift thrOugh the gathering dawn
                    a crescent Moon rises in the south
                             wrEns zip
            below circling gullS

Wednesday 15th April

06:45 – 07:27, wind W 3 gusting 4, temp 6C (feels like 3)

Some on low incomes are having to choose whether to eat or not.

a figure of eight through the North
     a hedge sprouts green thrOugh old copper
                         a useFul mirror trapped in a skip
               camelia pink brOwned by frost
          pavement trees are tOo low
                 boxes for birDs and bats
                    blackbird Flutes as sparrows chirp
            a pond by an abandOned bowling green
                peeling door fRame uncut grass
      ferns grow from the mortAr ...
                   of a house Wall
           a pope picture in tHe back window
                          narrOw pavement …
                         on beLle vue
                   gulls circlE calling
    an alley of windows on garDens
                        the trAffic pulse on the high street
                     a friendlY wave from a jaguar




Tuesday 14th April

07:16 – 08:00, wind SW 2 gusting 3, temp 0C (feels like 0)

In the absence of the Prime Minister his deputies are judged wanting.

                           to and From the south haven
                        a frost glAzes windscreens
               two song thrushes lIsten pick and hop
                      woodpigeon fLies from a car roof
          moving in a dog-walker hIatus
              a small blue and oraNge male
a lady a black lab and a yellow baG deliver papers
        a neat allotment has a porTico
            crossing the road in lOckdown rush hour
               great tit song bounDs above the path
                     my first willOw warbler sings
                  flowers grow in Two wheelbarrows
             perhaps the thrushes Have been arriving
                         the climbEr lines the side gutter
                                  Jaded garage doors
                         an overgrOwn alleyway
                        the green Boxes hum

Monday 13th April

07:42 – 08:24, wind NW 2 gusting 3, temp 4C (feels like 2)

The impact of the pandemic is not evenly distributed across society. 

off toward the north-west penInsula
              cherry trees piNk-dusted with blossom
                           frEsh but no frost
 from the aerial a starling sQueaks then wheezes like a greenfinch
                   clearing oUt the old hospital site
    infill building in lost gArdens
                    the trickLe of traffic
          song thrush and robIn sing
             snake’s head friTillaries droop in a front garden
          an old fence post lYing ... 
                       in a sKip
a deserted house has an upstaIrs window open
a garden stream’s sisyphean fLow
              a mews cottage Lost in a hidden yard
         a skipped door must Surely be useful

Sunday 12th April

07:54 – 08:39, wind NW 1 gusting 2, temp 11C (feels like 11)

The government continues to be slow in organising access to tests and PPE for health workers.

             to the souThern grasslands again
    a first swallow fliEs through head high
    through a gate and Stoop a fence
                       Tussocked grass
a skylark lifts then flIckers upwards
          cattle crowd Near the gate
        the skylark hanGs and sings and sings
                cows stAre as we walk by
  head for the copse igNoring the paths
                yellow Dung flies sit on the cowpats
 a lark lands and disapPears
        from nowhere a Path to who knows where
         mechanical silEnce if only for a few seconds
               ‘till a Drum ’n’ base car thumps by
                     woOden gate
                  the cIty badge on the wall
         three castles Triple towered argent

Saturday 11th April

07:34 – 08:19, wind W 2 gusting 3, temp 12C (feels like 12)

The government continues to be slow in organising access to PPE for health workers.

                        off to the North east coast
                       a towering sHadowy auracaria
                    a japonica splaSh of deep red
          a churchyard easter gardeN
  a hyena-like dog walks forward thEn stops
                           the gravEyard stretches back and back
          the metro line runs beyonD the wall
        more commonwealth war graveS
       robin sings as crow and woodPigeon call
            headstone writing lead-Pegged in place
along the foot-worn track around thE little dell