Day 79 Wednesday March 24th

outer southeast 7 minutes
The Drive Moor Crescent Little Moor Highbury Mildmay Road 
 Brentwood Avenue Tankerville Terrace
Cordons espaliers and pleaches  an orchard of pruning  a blue tit
 flies through
Neatened trees   against the fence  the tumble of water tank compost
 bin and bug hotels
Gavin May Queen Howgate Wonder   Ouillin’s Gage    Vranja Quince



Day 78 Tuesday March 23rd

outer north 11 minutes
The Poplars Roseworth Crescent The Drive Church Road
Alarm train siren car plane saw   I feel pressed   to the back of the
Tumbled headstones   graves grown with inadvertent pollards    air of
 half-managed neglect
Blackbird drops from bush to grass    crow takes a beak of straw     
 dunnock sings


Day 77 Monday March 22nd

inner southwest 12 minutes
The Drive Moor Crescent High Street
Baskets bulging   the honeybees are dusted yellow  with willow pollen
In the dip   road sounds pass above me       a robin sings
The ground is wet   mud and puddles       from rain and melting snow


Day 76 Sunday March 21st

outer north 15 minutes
The Poplars High Street St Nicholas Avenue
The dawn slowly lightens   grass and detritus   last night’s revelry
To a quieting of sparrow cheep    magpie crows gulls     distant
 blackbird’s song
Wood pigeon’s    undulating flight    and one early-spring wing clap

Day 75 Saturday March 20th

outer northeast 5 minutes
The Poplars Roseworth Avenue The Grove Moor Road North 
 St Nicholas Avenue Rectory Grove
The street footballers bounce and shout   helicopter drone      below
 a single con-trail
The beech hedge glows   burnished copper   a mother and son run laps



Day 74 Friday March 19th

outer west 13 minutes
The Drive Westfield Drive Fernville Road Kenton Road Montague Avenue Wilson Gardens
Rotted gatepost   front wall pointing gone       dunnock singing
Electric van    delivering brown parcels    that are green
Gull cry ‘daw chack    bin thump     finch  and electric van  wheeze



Day 73 Thursday March 18th

inner west 4 minutes
The Poplars High Street Elmfield Road
Under the eaves   the tit goes into its nest  traffic’s passing press
Electric gates and entry systems    from behind a wall    the smell 
 of death
A runner     irritated at the van     parked across the pavement



Day 72 Wednesday March 17th

outer east 12 minutes
The Drive High Street Moorfield Little Moor Jesmond Dene Road 
 Osborne Road Mitchell Avenue North Jesmond Avenue Newbrough Crescent 
 Osborne Road Reid Park Road
By a 12th century chapel  a place of pilgrimage   in St Mary’s name
A dell below me is overgrown    untended     and a riot of birds
Against the bright sunlight I see mainly shapes    flying in and out
Two bursts of a woodpecker’s drum   counterpoint   to the bin wagon’s
 slow thumping approach



Day 71 Tuesday March 16th

inner west 15 minutes
The Drive
Bright sunshine dazzles and      out of the wind      warms
Blue tits explore the nest box         that hangs in the elder
Bang thud tinkle     builders come and go        and windchimes



Day 70 Monday March 15th

inner west 15 minutes
The Drive Westfield Drive Parker Avenue Beechfield Road
Old bricks   dropping mortar     and crowned in ivy
The whine and growl of builders  ricochets around   hard to localise
In bright sun  passing walkers are well wrapped up  a chill wind blows