I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your magazine. My cousin subscribes for me as a Christmas present every year.
I have lived in Italy, in Calabria, for 47 years. I love living here and love the country despite its many problems and failings. What country is perfect? England is still “home”, however, and “This England” is very precious to me.
I was especially interested in the article about Britain’s birds (Autumn 2018). Here we are lucky to have a large variety of birds and I love seeing them as I take my dog for his daily walks or am just out and about.
On reading the article, an episode came to mind regarding owls. The night my husband died, I went to the front door and under the eaves of the house opposite there was an owl. He was sitting quietly watching my house.
I had never seen one there before and have never seen one since, although there are many around and I often see them flitting past in the twilight or hear them calling. Strangely, I felt the presence of this owl as comforting: as though it wanted to be part of the sad event and offer its protection to me and my family.
Thank you once again for the lovely articles, pictures, news and interesting odds and ends.