New shoots of willowherb among the roots

I eventually decided to pull up the willowherb and enchanter’s nightshade that were seeding all over the gravel bed in the garden and was taken by the tiny red growth starting among the exposed roots of the willowherb, like little ruby roses. Continue Reading »

Barque and barquentine


We spotted a couple of sailing ships in Dorset

On our recent trip to the Dorset coast we were lucky enough to see several tall ships – and after a bit of research I think I can now tell the difference between a barque and a barquentine. Continue Reading »


A turnstone (Arenaria interpres) at Weymouth, September 2015 – I have tweaked the image a little in PhotoShop for effect

We are just back from a few days in Dorset and I am pleased with some of the pictures I snapped, despite the fact that we had heavy rain at times. The biggest treat for me was spotting some turnstones on a small stretch of seaweed-covered shingle in Weymouth. Continue Reading »


The green is fading from the leaves of the empress tree


It’s September, the start of autumn, but for the most part the empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa) in Bute Park, Cardiff, is still leafy and green. A wet summer may have helped.

This time I approached the tree from the “wrong” direction again, as I took the husband for breakfast at the Summerhouse cafe in the park first. I nipped around behind the cafe to snap the tree while he finished his bacon, egg and sausage sandwich with a knife and fork. Continue Reading »


This street plant is springing up all over Cardiff

I like to see a street plant that’s new to me and this one has been springing up all over the pavements in Cardiff this summer. I think I know what it is but do you want to have a go at naming it before I tell you? Continue Reading »


Stained glass window at Dyffryn House

The National Trust took over Dyffryn House and Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan in January 2013. The trust has not yet been able to “dress” the interior of the house with historical furniture, furnishings and paintings, which must be an expensive task, but the permanent fixtures are still worth a quick look. Continue Reading »


Bee on some sort of brassica flower beside the street, July 2015

In a normal summer I would expect the street plants of Cardiff to be shrivelled and brown, but we have had so much rain this July and August that the pavements abound with lush greenery. Here are some of my favourite sightings… Continue Reading »


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