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The Stubborn Light of Things

Author: Melissa Harrison

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I am a nature writer and novelist, and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk out of my cottage straight into Suffolk’s beautiful open countryside. As spring breaks over the British Isles, and summer settles in, I’ll be documenting the wonder and richness of the natural world and bringing it into as many homes as I can.
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Join Melissa as she watches a huge combine harvester bringing in the golden wheat. The air is full of flying chaff, dragonflies, and the reedy sound of yellowhammers. Listen →
Join Melissa as she explores a nearby arable farm. It’s a scorcher of a day, the heat hammering down, and grey partridges take cover in the shadier hedgerows. Listen →
Join Melissa at dusk as she strolls around the peaceful village, looking for glow-worms. A tawny owl is calling from behind the church, and the hedgerows are full of crickets. Listen →
Join Melissa and her dog Scout on a muggy walk among mudflats, creeks and saltmarsh where Phragmites reeds and sea lavender grow. Listen →
Episode Fifteen: Names

Episode Fifteen: Names

2020-07-1324:34

Join Melissa on a shingly Suffolk beach studded with sea kale, horned poppies and spiny blue eryngium. Listen →
Join Melissa on a circular walk around the village’s sunny meadows. It’s haymaking time, and grasshoppers zither from the tall grass. Listen →
Join Melissa as she listens for nightjars after dark. On Suffolk’s Sandlings the gorse smells of coconuts, while silver birches glimmer in the dusk. Listen →
Episode Twelve: Home

Episode Twelve: Home

2020-06-2233:05

Join Melissa as she pays a visit to a nearby rabbit warren. It’s the longest day of the year, and the weather is sultry. Listen →
Episode Eleven: Value

Episode Eleven: Value

2020-06-1529:331

Join Melissa as she looks for purring turtle doves. The tall June grass is thick with wildflowers, and songbirds are still in full and glorious voice. Listen →
Episode Ten: Binaries

Episode Ten: Binaries

2020-06-0830:021

Join Melissa at twilight – the ‘blue hour’ – in a tangled copse. The hedges are garlanded with dog roses, and ox-eye daisies glimmer beneath. Listen →
Episode Nine: Memory

Episode Nine: Memory

2020-06-0130:01

Join Melissa as she follows the course of her local river. Elderflowers are taking over from cow parsley, and red damselflies throng the water. Listen →
Join Melissa as she cycles around Suffolk’s lanes in pursuit of a cuckoo. Scarlet poppies dot the hedgerows and billywitches (maybugs) are in flight. Listen →
Episode Seven: Time

Episode Seven: Time

2020-05-1827:00

Join Melissa as she explores a ruined cottage in the woods. The hawthorn hedges are in flower, and blackcaps are singing everywhere. Listen →
Episode Six: Stillness

Episode Six: Stillness

2020-05-1125:44

Join Melissa in her garden as she waits to see swifts overhead. It’s warm and sunny; the birds are in full song, and mason bees are nesting in the back wall of the house. Listen →
Episode Five: Change

Episode Five: Change

2020-05-0425:281

Join Melissa as she walks around the village, listening to the dawn chorus. May has come in bringing sunshine and showers; everywhere the woods smell of wild garlic, and the cow parsley is coming into bloom. Listen →
Episode Four: Mystery

Episode Four: Mystery

2020-04-2724:501

Join Melissa as she listens for nightingales on a dark, moonless night. It’s the end of April, and in Suffolk the lilacs are in bloom. Listen →
Episode Three: Care

Episode Three: Care

2020-04-2030:43

Join Melissa as she sets out at dusk in search of barn owls. It’s late April and the weather is a little chilly. Chaffinches and great tits sing from the hedges, and the fields of oilseed rape are bright yellow. Listen →
Episode Two: Beginnings

Episode Two: Beginnings

2020-04-1327:091

Join Melissa as she walks to the next village and back. It’s the middle of April and the weather is warm and dry. Butterflies are on the wing, and the lanes are hemmed with stitchwort. Listen →
Episode One: Endurance

Episode One: Endurance

2020-04-0624:571

Join Melissa on her daily walk through the beautiful Suffolk countryside. It’s the beginning of April and the fields are finally dry after a long, wet winter. In the woods, chiffchaffs are singing, there are buzzards wheeling over the oilseed rape, and the wildflowers sleeping in the village churchyard will soon burst back to life. Listen →
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