Eric in July

It was going to be hard for my Ravilious calendar to top that June picture with hoopoes. That was a piece of magic. And do you know what? I don’t like the July picture as much but it is growing on me.

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At an instant first look at this picture I knew it was another illustration for Gilbert White’s ‘Natural History of Selborne’. It speaks of the subject matter and the era in which the book was written. The calendar has this to say regarding this image.

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The lads here appear to be feeding mostly doves. We have the opposite problem. Our garden can be overstocked with their relatives the collared dove and the wood pigeon

Feeding these birds seems to be normal behaviour.

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Here’s my dad in about 1922 with his mum (my gran) feeding the pigeons/doves in their local park in Bexhill.

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