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A confused spring

A confused spring

For the past couple of days we have had sunshine and temperatures going up to 26 degrees centigrade.  Sitting outside (in the shade in the afternoon) it feels more like summer. The large plum tree has finished flowering and yet many of the trees like the Ash and Poplar still look skeletal from afar. The … Continue reading

Hot August Days

Hot August Days

August has been hot and  dry.  Rain showers have passed to the north of us and to the south of us but we remain parched.  The trees must be able to reach lower damper soil with their roots but even they are tiring.  The leaves are starting to change to autumn colour because of the … Continue reading

A Regulus ignicapillus in the hand

A Regulus ignicapillus in the hand

Our dining room faces onto a small patio facing the front garden.  Water and food is placed on the patio for the birds to eat, drink, bathe and generally frolic for our amusement summer and winter. We get large numbers of sparrows and tits with the flock mentality of one for all.  This means that … Continue reading

Special Mission – Year Two

Special Mission – Year Two

Last year we undertook a “Special Mission” to count glow worms on a route of  500 metres in length near our house.  I posted about the Special Mission in July last year.  We were contacted again this year and were on the road at 11.00 p.m. last Saturday. I was a bit disappointed with the photographs I … Continue reading

The bees and Sweet Chestnuts

The bees and Sweet Chestnuts

Last week I was very worried about the bees.  We are new to beekeeping and we visit the girls everyday (often more than once) just to see how they are getting on as you can learn a lot by just watching them. However, I noticed a strange odour around the beehives and Kourosh confirmed that … Continue reading

Still running to keep up

Still running to keep up

The winter was mild and now the spring is coming, as it should, with sunshine and rain showers but I am still running to keep up with the changing season. The star of the moment is the Amelanchier – the blurry, white blossoming in the middle of the photograph above.  It looks better for real. … Continue reading

How not to plant daffodils

How not to plant daffodils

March has almost finished and in this upside down year it certainly has not been “in like a lion, out like a lamb” as the winds are roaring down the country.  It continues to be exceptionally mild, going to 21 degrees centigrade a couple of days ago.  Seemingly this winter has been the mildest since … Continue reading

A welcome home

A welcome home

Back from two weeks holidays and the first thing I saw as the car turned towards the house was the bees flying around my bee hotels. It was so good to see them chasing each other and flying from beehouse to beehouse. These are the male Osmia cornuta with longer antenna than the female and cute … Continue reading

A barbastelle in the atelier

A barbastelle in the atelier

I suppose we should have realised from the time of year that we could be receiving a visit from our friendly Barbastelle bat (see https://afrenchgarden.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/many-happy-returns/ and https://afrenchgarden.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/a-furry-visitor/).  We have been looking around the front shutters but when Kourosh went out to collect some logs from the outbuilding the other day he felt a bat fly around his head … Continue reading

Distractions

Distractions

There is a lot of dew in the garden at this time of year.  The grass is wet and Wellington boots are a necessity.  But trudging down the garden early in the morning I noticed what lovely patterns the dew left on the flowers. The Phacelia was well sprinkled… as was the Winter Honeysuckle.  So … Continue reading