Category Archives: wildlife

salad days (but not like you’d think)

Inspired by the crispy, fresh tastiness of our garden grown red curly lettuces, which have provided us two delicious main meals in the past week, I decided to dedicate a little bit of time to ensuring we have a steady … Continue reading

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tapdancing tadpoles

And all of a sudden, the day, she came.  And then the tadpoles had legs. Perfectly formed but infinitely tiny back legs. These ones will be toads or frogs – we hear that on newts it is the front legs … Continue reading

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meditations of a wild woods & allotment gardener: getting buggy

I’m in the dog house – behind on the big guy’s photographs. These are a few of the recent shots taken on the various plots.  This one is a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Oregon’s plot, taken mid-week. Apparently the butterflies … Continue reading

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hard graft & some progress

It’s been a surprisingly busy few days.  I reached out to a fellow allotment holder and neighbour to see if she was ok.  Hadn’t seen sign of her for a while…  She’s a former colleague in the fight to save … Continue reading

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future fruits..

Everything abounds at the allotment, though yesterday we were puzzled by the absence of the robin, who we suspect was off on some other plot searching worms on overturned ground. The main water connection has been fixed for all the … Continue reading

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new butterfly spotting: Small Tortoiseshell

Yesterday was cool and fairly grey.  The winds came down but it was a nippy, unwelcoming day. After a slow start morning we did a quick tidy in the back growing patch – planting in three new plugs of artichoke … Continue reading

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update on the back patch

The woods group convened to work at great distance from one another the other day, and we got a lot of tidying and trimming accomplished, with bags already with the neighbour for the council’s green waste collection. Chris and Robert … Continue reading

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birds & butterflies

Although the mornings and evenings are cool in this first week of May, the days are returning to heat.  We continue to live a little in fear of frost – which would wipe out our courgette and tomato planted into … Continue reading

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pond life & other updates

Life abounds in a dizzying degree of diversity.  As usual, the robin rules the roost – and yesterday dive bombed me upon arrival, so close I could feel the swoosh of wind as it flew past my head. Maybe Robin’s … Continue reading

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April showers

And so it is that April has come and gone.  A whole month locked down and house-bound most of the time.  But even life behind bars offers visions of the delights of spring. One thing about this lockdown has been … Continue reading

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