Category Archives: Natural World

A berry interesting walk

Yesterday the sun shone, the current WIP was getting bogged down in detail and refused to flow smoothly so I took the camera and went off to stretch the legs and concentrate on a different sort of detail, the autumn … Continue reading

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Catching Up

The lack of posts this year has had more to do with technology than with a lack of time but hopefully I now have the treadmill set to a more even pace. Since I last posted the weather has been … Continue reading

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Collections

Lots of National Trust properties have collections of some sort , usually within the building, but Upton House has a National Plant Collection of Asters and they make a visit at this time of year extra special. The garden itself … Continue reading

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Slow Sloes

Driving around the countryside the hedgerows are well laden this year it seems. In the past I have recorded estimates of how good a harvest is for a a list of species such as hawthorn, oak, blackberry and so on … Continue reading

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Preserving Memories

Enlisted the help of some younger family members to gather blackberries at the weekend. I had gathered a trayful of fallen apples and thought blackberry and apple jelly would be a great recipe to use them up. Having convinced the … Continue reading

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Butterfly Count

The buddleia bushes are attracting butterflies in their droves at present and a colourful array they are. I spent just fifteen minutes watching their display around the bush in my garden and spotted six different species in that time. The … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

The garden and other commitments have put updating this blog on hold for a while but I have found time to get out and about recording signs of spring. Of course, in many ways we have had had spring for … Continue reading

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Spring – The Promise of Things to come

March 1st, St David’s Day and officially the first day of spring in meteorological terms. Generally this has been a day for judging how harsh a winter we have had in our garden. Always touch and go whether there would … Continue reading

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Diaries and Journals

How often in a crime drama or novel the detective seeks out the diary of the victim and from it deduces all sorts of information. Like many people I do keep a diary but the only clues to future readers … Continue reading

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Unseasonable Happenings and Writing

It is hard to believe it is winter at present. In Wales at New Year I saw daffodils herald the New Year rather than St David’s Day and these photos taken in the garden today show spring and even early … Continue reading

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