A while back I was, would you believe, excited that (more…)
Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category
In the recent heatwave in the UK the house windows have been open most of the time and we have been sitting in the garden more often. But can it be that I haven’t noticed these disconcerting noises of summer in previous years?
They began a few weeks ago when the warmer weather arrived after a miserable, cool June. I started to hear a buzzing and it became more frequent. I thought we might have a wasps’ nest under the house eaves or in the soffits. I shut the bathroom window in the middle of the night so the husband wouldn’t notice it, trying to delay the moment when he found out and we had to get someone in to solve the problem. What a hassle that was going to be…
But as we sat out in the yard more we realised (more…)
When I think of poppies I usually think of the red ones we wear in Britain on Remembrance Day in November. These red poppies have been associated with war since Napoleonic times, as they grew on the graves of soldiers. But our modern associations are with the poppies that flourished in Flanders fields after the devastation of the land by trench warfare in World War I.
Or maybe I think of bright blue Himalayan poppies, which (more…)
Spring has been a long time coming this year. After auspicious signs of Spring in February, the weather took a cooler turn and although we have had plenty of dry weather, there is not yet much heat in the sunshine.
But the garden is catching up with itself, so here are some pictures taken in April and the early days of May.
On the nature front, there seem (more…)
The cold weather persists, so I feel there is still time to enjoy the ivy, which stays luxuriant and green throughout the snowiest of winters but is so often forgotten when nature is in full, colourful bloom in the warmer months.
There is wild native ivy on the trees in the wooded part of my garden, and several “cultivated” ivies in the tamer part, planted by myself over the years but (more…)
It’s only a picture. In this blog I usually aim to be non-controversial and I am very rarely topical. However, this old photograph has been sitting in my “miscellaneous” pile for decades and at last I see an opportunity to share it.
I took the photograph while on holiday in Aix-en-Provence in the South of France in the summer of 1990, using my old Ricoh SLR camera. Horsemeat is something we know it’s acceptable to eat in France, so I considered this image to be a snapshot of a different culture.
To those of you NOT in the UK, you may wonder (more…)
This is a common view from my kitchen sink – the bird table is right outside the window and the grey squirrels (Latin name Sciurus carolinensis) like to dangle from it to eat peanuts or sunflower seeds out of the bird feeders. Sometimes they just hug the feeder and suck, so they get through an awful lot of the birds’ food.
They are rodents and some people call them “tree rats” and I think the above picture shows (more…)