Seasonal Sights

The good thing about Ikea is that you can easily rack up 2500 steps between the front door and the exit, even when you head straight for the Market Hall without setting foot in the showroom. After three visits in one week, I’m getting quicker at making my way through the maze of household goods, but…

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Stay-at-Home Sunday

We woke up to sunshine and blue skies today, with just a hint of an autumnal nip in the air…. a perfect day for doing a few garden garden jobs and working on a few projects here at home. This lovely Speckled Wood butterfly was flitting about in the garden while we were out tidying things up….

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Summer Fruits

While walking a different route through our neighbourhood this afternoon, I came across some positive proof that it really is summer: cherries! And this wise gardener wasn’t taking any chances… His prized cherries (which are perfectly ripe and ready for picking) are locked away from both human passersby and hungry birds! Our own garden is lagging…

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Rare Sighting

Continuing on yesterday’s theme of insects and nature’s diversity, we didn’t have to go far this morning to find this exquisite – and rare to this area – silver-washed fritillary butterfly (Argynnis paphia). It was lovely to enjoy this beauty flitting through the garden as we drank our coffee this morning, and Jeff was beyond excited….

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Bees and Blossoms

The blessing of this blog has been the experience of noticing; I have paid closer attention to the world around me because of my commitment to show up here in Blogland at the end of each day. I already had a photo ready to post, but then as I was walking through the neighbourhood this evening,…

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All Are Welcome

After a meeting at All Saints Church in Southend yesterday, we noticed this curiously beautiful structure on the edge of the garden. It looked so purposeful that I just had to ask about it. It’s a bug hotel, conceived and initiated by the church’s youth, and constructed by a church member. The All Saints Church…

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A Gull on Every Post

Fantastic sighting along the Southend seafront this evening as we made our way home from a meeting – the resident black-headed gulls were hosting some of their Mediterranean cousins, all lined up on posts as the tide was going out.

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Sly Old Fox

I wasn’t the only one out for a walk this evening.

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Wildflower Garden

It’s impossible to walk past this garden without smiling! The California poppies I photographed last week have been joined by their European cousins, Papaveroideae, and a host of colourful friends.

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Floral Abundance

Lovely! The peony (Paeonia) certainly brightens the world, doesn’t it? This lush bloom is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. When Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of his teacher by turning him into the peony flower. Today peonies symbolize wealth and honour, and are considered to…

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