A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Monday, 13 March 2017
Frogs, Moths, Garden Flowers and Recent Reading
Frogs have been active in the pond over the course of the last week or so and last Saturday we spotted our first frogspawn.
The next two were taken by D with the Canon Bridge camera.
Common Newts are also starting to move round - two were seen yesterday.
I've not seen any butterflies yet but Tree Bumble Bees are appearing and a few unidentified white-tailed species have whizzed past the kitchen window.
Daffodils are now in flower -
these pretty miniature ones are in the rockery behind the pond.
Primula Belarina Amethyst Ice will be in flower soon. I think there are at least three plants in this pot so will have to split them up later in the Spring.
Shoots on the Climbing Hydrangea
Primulas are dotted round the borders and
Wood Anemone leaves are just appearing above the ground.
I think Wild Primroses are my favourite flower and we have half a dozen large clumps.
I've had the moth trap out three times in the last week or so and trapped 3 species so far. (It is always a slow start here!)
Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) - two in the trap this morning
and this Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla)
I know I should have made more effort to get a photo of it out of it's pot - but the micro moths are very lively and after taking this photo it was off like a shot landing on a nearby window.
I finally managed to re-pot it and released it safely
"Spirals in Time" is a superb book and highly recommended. The book is really well researched and immerses you in the wonderful world of molluscs (although I will be wary of Cone Snails when I am next on a beach!).
I've been wanting to read this book for ages and, although it took me a while to get into his memoirs, I enjoyed it. I will certainly see the Lake District in a totally different way when we next visit!
Good holiday reading
I get inspiration to try new authors from several of the blogs I read and I spotted this author on Rosie's Blog (see here)
I just adored this book (the first in the Doctor Ruth Galloway mystery series) and couldn't put it down!
Another author I spotted on Rosie's Blog was Ann Cleeves and having read all the Shetland Books I have moved onto the Vera Stanhope novels and have just finished the second. It is a really well crafted story and again one you could read at one sitting :)
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