Remember

I’m working on a new album.  Here’s a sneak preview of one of the songs, hope you like it

Lovely photo by Mike Alexander

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Earth and Sky

Earth & sky

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Nice and simple

I don’t know about you but the more I hear and see on the news the more I need something ‘nice’ and simple.  No big debates, no big opinions, no big conspiracies, no big injustices, just ‘nice’…

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Friends Are Lost

From my album Heading West

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Boat House

Photo: Mike Howe

Photo: Mike Howe

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Making Music

Keyboard

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Back In The Mountains

Another road trip this week took me back to the mountains in glorious spring sunshine :)

Photo: Mike Howe

Photo: Mike Howe

 

Photo: Mike Howe

Photo: Mike Howe

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The Winter Storms Take A Surprising Toll…

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Puffins on Skomer   Photo: Mike Alexander, scapeimages.com

This article by Michael McCarthy in the Independent newspaper describes a sad and worrying consequence of the exceptionally frequent and severe storms that we have experienced this winter….

“Tens of thousands of birds – particularly auks such as puffins, guillemots (pictured) and razorbills – have died as a result of the seemingly endless gales of the last two months. Their remains are now being washed up on the coasts of Wales, Cornwall and the Channel Islands, and even more so on the Atlantic coast of France – that is, the beaches of the Bay of Biscay, which is where large numbers of British puffins and their auk cousins spend the winter”.

Photo: Mike Alexander, scapeimages.com

Photo: Mike Alexander, scapeimages.com

“It is one of the largest “wrecks” of seabirds ever witnessed and bears comparison with the huge bird mortalities caused by the oil spills from tanker disasters of recent years, such as the Amoco Cadiz in 1978 and the Erika in 1999, both off the coast of Brittany, as well as the 1993 spill of the tanker Braer off Shetland and the 1996 spill of the Sea Empress off south Wales.

And counter-intuitive though it may be, it is indeed the sea that’s killing them. The birds are dying because this winter, they have had to expend too much energy fighting big waves and big winds over a long period at a time, when food is harder than ever to find, since fish shoals are broken up in the storms. Latest estimates from the Wildlife Trusts partnership suggest a confirmed death toll of around 25,000, which is expected to rise steadily as more corpses are washed ashore”.

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Guillemots    Photo: Mike Alexander, scapeimages.com

“This natural disaster only serves to underline how vulnerable our seabirds are to other threats, such as the oil spills, and increasingly to two more dangers – climate change, and overfishing. Seabird colonies in northern Britain, in areas such as Orkney and Shetland, are doing increasingly badly – in some, only a fifth of the breeding birds are raising chicks – and this has happened because their food, largely small fish called sandeels, has disappeared. It may be because of too much trawling, or it may be because in rising water temperatures the sandeels have moved north – but they’re no longer available, and fears are growing that all British seabird colonies may similarly suffer”.

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Puffin on Skomer  Photo: Mike Alexander, scapeimages.com

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March daffodils

 

The daffodils are emerging.  Here at Bodnant Garden in North Wales they put on a spectacular display in the Old Park Meadow…

Photo: Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander

Later in the summer the meadow looks like this…

Photo: Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander

The National Trust own this fabulous garden and are managing a lot of it for wild flowers, pollinating insects, birds and mammals, which is great because 98% of these old hay meadows have been lost from the Welsh countryside in the last 50 years because of agricultural intensification…

Photo: Mike Howe

Photo: Mike Howe

 

 

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Jumping The Stream

This song was written about the childlike thrill I always get when I have to cross a stream, whether it be a short hop over the narrows, or when it’s one of those when you have to take a running jump, never quite knowing if you’ve got enough lift to reach the far bank…I’m sure you know what I mean :)

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