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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Homegrown Blooms

Not much walking today, I’m afraid. The weather is cool and wet, and it has been just too tempting to stay home and get some work done. Things will change tomorrow when we head over to Chelmsford for some meetings before we dive into the rest of our week, but for today, I’ll just share this…

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Smell the Roses

I am so grateful for my neighbours who grow roses… The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends — Persian Proverb

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Precious Perfume

The weather cleared in time for me to walk to Bodkins this evening. One garden always smells particularly nice as I walk past, and this beauty is the reason why. Resuming my summer evening walks is one the best parts of being back home again! Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns. ― Marty Rubin…

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Local Beauty

We leave for Scotland at dawn tomorrow, so the last two days have been a rush of errands and chores. My walks, consequently, have been quite utilitarian — but even utilitarian walks are beautiful at this time of year!

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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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