Posted in March 2013

First published photograph

First published photograph

One of my photographs has just been published for the first time! O.K., O.K., I know it was only 7 x 5 cm. (3 x 2 inches) and the print quality was dubious but the original isn’t exactly Nature Photographer of the Year quality either. However, it was in Buzz Magazine which is produced as … Continue reading

Short Mason Bee Update

Short Mason Bee Update

The male Mason bees (Osmia cornuta) have not given up on checking out the Mason bee house. I’m not sure whether they are concerned that the females are playing hide and seek but they give the whole area a thorough check. If they think I am watching they play cool and pretend they are only … Continue reading

Sunday afternoon walk

Sunday afternoon walk

It had been raining all morning and was forecast to continue raining in the afternoon.  Then after lunch the sun appeared and we quickly flung on a waterproof, willing to accept walking in the rain later for some  some sunshine in the present. Despite the earlier rain most of the water had soaked into the sandy … Continue reading

See you next year!

See you next year!

I didn’t plant any bulbs this year.  In fact, I think I dislike planting bulbs more than weeding.  I am a great reader of labels and it causes me great anguish as I put the bulbs into the soil.  I worry – have I placed them too deeply or are they too near the surface. … Continue reading

In praise of my plum tree

In praise of my plum tree

The blossom is just about finished and the green leaf shoots are starting to appear. The first flowers opened on the ninth of February. And despite the snow it has continued to welcome masses of bees, butterflies and other insects to feed on its pollen and nectar. Even at this time when the blossom is … Continue reading

Mason bees

Mason bees

This afternoon I saw more than Mason bee circling around the Mason bee house.  The nests have hatched – I thought, and rushed to check which ones had opened. I was quite surprised to see them intact and at first puzzled. However, I could see the little white heads so I knew that they were males. … Continue reading

New Mason Bee Nests

New Mason Bee Nests

The new Mason bee houses are all in place.  I must admit that the building of these houses are all due to the skills of my long-suffering husband.  There are plenty of helpful sites on the net if anyone wants to make some themselves.  Compared to the shop built house I think ours are better, … Continue reading