Early May Bank Holiday

Today is a holiday here in the UK. Technically it is the May Day holiday in England, but most people seem to just refer to it as the Early May Bank Holiday (as opposed to the Spring Bank Holiday which comes at the end of the month). Although the internet insists that we are busy with Maypole…

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Just Hanging Out

Roosting boxes like these provide temporary shelter to birds passing through our gardens, giving them a place to spend the night, away from predators and inclement weather. Never intended to be used for nesting or raising hatchlings, these safe havens attract blue tits, wrens, robins, and goldcrests here in our corner of the world. While we all enjoy…

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Sedge in the Woods

With May nearly upon us, we are enjoying our sport of nosing around gardens and woodlands in search of the local flora and fauna. While many of the flowers we find are beautiful and showy, some are just downright strange – but still beautiful in their own right. We found these pendulous sedge flowers (Carex pendula)…

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Puttering

Today was a puttering sort of Sunday. Gentle rain has been falling, the air is full of birdsong, and the world smells damp and earthy. I spent most of the day reading and working on little jobs here at home, and didn’t really feel like taking myself out for a major walk. Instead I simply wandered…

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Bold Optimism

To be honest, this photo is a bit misleading in that it looks like spring is struggling to arrive, when in actuality the wildflowers are blooming madly and wildly in both the woods and our gardens, and trees are bursting into both leaf and blossom. Nevertheless, this brave little chestnut seedling caught my eye and captured…

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Flaunting It

Sometimes it seems nicer to stay inside and putter than to put on walking shoes and head out into the world. But even a short walk shows me something new or interesting, and then for the rest of the day I’m glad I made the effort to go out. Today it was this shrub that…

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Bold Blooms

This happiest of colour combinations makes my heart sing! These spring beauties are in a neighbour’s front garden,  and I walk past as often as possible at this time of year.

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