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THE EAST COUNTRY M Comstock Publishing Associates a division of Cornell University Press Ithaca and London jules pretty The East Country ALMANAC TALES OF VALLEY AND SHORE Copyright © 2017 by Cornell University All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in a review, this book, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher. For information, address Cornell University Press, Sage House, 512 East State Street, Ithaca, New York 14850. First published 2017 by Cornell University Press Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Pretty, Jules N., author. Title: The East Country : almanac tales of valley and shore / Jules Pretty. Description: Ithaca : Comstock Publishing Associates, a division of Cornell University Press, 2017. | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2017005230 (print) | LCCN 2017007395 (ebook) | ISBN 9781501709333 (pbk : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781501709357 (epub/mobi) | ISBN 9781501709340 (pdf) Subjects: LCSH: Stour Valley (Cambridgeshire, Essex, and Suffolk, England)— Description and travel. | Country life—England—Stour Valley (Cambridgeshire, Essex, and Suffolk) | Natural history—England—Stour Valley (Cambridgeshire, Essex, and Suffolk) Classification: LCC DA670.S77 P74 2017 (print) | LCC DA670.S77 (ebook) | DDC 942.6—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017005230 Cornell University Press strives to use environmentally responsible suppliers and materials to the fullest extent possible in the publishing of its books. Such materials include vegetable-based, low-VOC inks and acid-free papers that are recycled, totally chlorine-free, or partly composed of nonwood fibers. For further information, visit our website at www.cornellpress.cornell.edu. Cover photograph courtesy of the author. For my mother, Susan, and Gill, Freya, and Theo Last 2 nights, at dusk, 6 mature stag beetles flying in the garden. 4 males & 2 females. A pipistrelle weaved in & out of them. With care. Tweet (@JulesPretty1), one 20th of June Live in a good place Keep your mind deep. Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching ...


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