Archive | May 2012

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The Wild Life at Mill Lake I

The first babies of the year have begun to appear at Mill Lake, where I take my daily constitutional. It is an opportunity to consider different parenting styles. The families of Canada geese glide across the water like convoys of battleships. They always travel in a tight formation—with one of the parents leading the way, […]

People Watching

At the end of her book Tigerlily’s Orchids, mystery writer Ruth Rendell, talks about one of her characters watching some new neighbours who have moved in across the street: “Duncan watched them from his front windows, imagining lives and dramas for them that bore no relation to reality.”  Rendell here reveals one of the distinguishing […]