Tagged with insects

Have you seen a glow worm?

Have you seen a glow worm?

This is what a female glow worm looks like and as you can see from its size against the grass stem it is not very big, maybe two centimetres at a stretch.  However, at night time all you will see is a spot of green light. The group Estuaire is trying to study glow worms … Continue reading

Glow worm update

Glow worm update

Yesterday I was contacted by the Observatoire des Vers Luisants that is the Observatory of glow worms.  I was asked if I would be willing to repeat my “Special Mission” looking for glow worms on the same route any day from yesterday until the weekend.  I happily agreed as I find glow worm searching fun. … Continue reading

Special Mission

Special Mission

Last Saturday night I went on a special mission.  Being me, I was very excited about it.  But to begin at the beginning it had all started when I was contacted by the Observatoire des Vers Luisants by email in early July asking me if I had seen any glow worms in my garden this … Continue reading

Back home in June!

Back home in June!

Back home and it looked as if I hadn’t missed as much of the flowers as I thought I would. The roses are still flowering. And the Arum lily at the back looks as if it is set for world domination again this year. The back garden looks good from afar. But when you look … Continue reading

Mason bee hotels or houses

Mason bee hotels or houses

We have been having our share of cold weather this week. Our weather is still very tempered by our position and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean so I am talking about temperatures dipping below zero centigrade at nightime and rising to a high of 7 or 8 degrees during the day.  From comments I am … Continue reading

Hollyhocks revisited.

Hollyhocks revisited.

This morning (Saturday 5 July 2014) I had a look in the Hollyhocks and saw two Tetralonia bees still not properly awake at 8 a.m.  They are not early risers. As I bent to take the photograph from a different angle I noticed that there were three!  It had been a rainy night with cooler … Continue reading

Enough gardening, let’s go for lunch!

Enough gardening, let’s go for lunch!

On Saturday it was too good to stay in so we decided to go to Pons for lunch. We had lunch on the restaurant balcony overlooking the old Donjon and then walked down to the river to see if we could spot any Kingfishers. Unfortunately, no Kingfishers were sighted but the ducks were parading with … Continue reading

A good year, so far

A good year, so far

Back from the UK, I was curious to find out how all the rain that has fallen this year has affected the woods around the house.  Before I left some of the paths were still very muddy but the soil dries up quickly here. The wild anemones carpeted the ground under the trees still not … Continue reading

Primula problem

Primula problem

Shortly after we set up home here I bought a packet of primula seeds.  There were hardly any flowers in the garden and I wanted some colour.  I was pleased with the  quantity of seedlings that resulted and which prospered and multiplied.  This suited me very well as there were plenty of places to put … Continue reading