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
Thursday, 25 June 2020
"Bits and Pieces"
Another week passes and to be honest, even though places are beginning to re-open if you book in advance, I still don't feel confident enough to go out and about so another post mainly about the garden.
A little vase of Mock Orange Flowers
Large Orange Lilies are starting to flower.
Another one of those shrubs we bought years ago which I cannot put a name to!
Birds-foot Trefoil flowering by the pond.
Corncockle in the wild flower area
Herb Robert and an unknown little pink flower with clover shaped leaves.
Edit Many thanks to Dean at "Punk Birder" the mystery plant is Pink Oxalis.
Wall Pennywort seems to be doing ok although, horrors of horrors, I went up to check the few planted by the stone wall this morning and the leaves have been nibbled which is not good news :(
D found a Devil's Coach Horse in the front garden.
D found this wasp species in his bedroom last night. Thanks so much to Stewart from "Boulmer Birder" via Twitter who suggests it is a Digger wasp and possibly one of the Ectemnius species.
This Batsford book on hidden villages was very good.
I've been meaning to read Mrs Moreau's Warbler for ages and finally got round to it - it is excellent and very informative.
This is the "Fast Cakes" book by Mary Berry that my daughter and I are working our way through in a random fashion.
Fairings were made last week - too hot this week to bake!
It was B's birthday yesterday and this is his cake - A Thornton's Chocolate Cake which is melting in the heat!
Hopefully, we may be able to visit our caravan in Herefordshire on or after the 4th July following yet another easing of the lockdown restrictions. It would be good to be able to take all the items we have bought and as Rosie said "make it our own" as we haven't seen it since we bought it last October! I am not sure we will yet be doing many of the things we planned such as visiting places like Ludlow, Hereford and Cathedral, Croft Castle, Brockhampton, etc. etc. but the caravan site itself is lovely with a pool and hide and wildflower meadow so it will be a good place to relax and there are always country lanes to walk which I hope will be quieter than those round here!!
I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera
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