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Michaels Peace: crazy man Michael?

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Michaels Peace: crazy man Michael?

The name "Michael's Peace" intrigued me before visiting this reserve. I had (and still have) no idea how the name came about but I imagined a quiet spot, miles from anywhere where someone called Michael would go on his day off to enjoy nature, perhaps even do a bit of fishing. Perhaps he had a tormented mind? Indeed, as a great fan of Fairport Convention in my younger days, I was left to wonder whether there was any connection to "Crazy Man Michael" 

"Michael he whistles the simplest of tunes and asks the wild woods for their pardon; for his true love is flown into every flower grown and he must be keeper of the garden."

Having now visited the reserve I can confirm that much of that is true; I am not sure about the Fairport connection!

It is, indeed, a quiet spot miles from anywhere; it took me three quarters of an hour to find it and I was only five miles away when I started looking! It is just up the road from Toller Whelme, but from what I could see Toller Whelme was probably nothing more than a farm let alone a hamlet. The nearest village was probably Hooke about three miles away. Peaceful certainly describes it well.

The reserve itself is not large and is largely inaccessible (but then it does not to be to be either to be a nature reserve). The central area of the reserve is a pond that appears to be rather silted up now with a reed bed at the western end. The surrounding ground was very wet and muddy which makes for difficult walking and restricts where you can get to but then why bother? Just sit or stand a while, listen to the birds and look at the flowers and trees and enjoy the peace that Michael obviously found here.

Another of Dorset Wildlife Trust's selection of lovely little nature reserves and worth a visit just to share Michael's peace.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 2 months ago

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