05 September 2019, The Tablet

Glimpses of Eden


Glimpses of Eden
 

At last, the mystery is solved. For 20 years I’ve wondered what it was, that noise we often hear in the garden. Sometimes it sounds like a duckling quacking, as it takes its first swim. At other times, it resembles the plaintive bleeps a baby crocodile makes, moments before hatching. I’ve even asked our neighbour if her terrier has a squeaky dog toy. Then, in the recent spell of Bank Holiday heat, the secret musician finally revealed itself.

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