Probing

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OK, so we’re a few days into the bug season now, and I think you’re adequately trained up to be able to cope with this. I don’t actually know if Anthophora plumipes (the Hairy-footed Flower Bee) has the longest tongue … Continued

Anemone

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I had a few errands to run this morning, so I dropped the top of the roadster and zoomed off – regretting the top-down nonsense within about a mile, but gritting my teeth and persevering. “Pride must abide,” as my … Continued

It’s in here somewhere

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I spent a lot of today working on my photos from the Chipping Campden craftspeople event on Tuesday; I’m almost cross-eyed, but I have now culled around 60% of what I started with, and processed about two thirds of the … Continued

The boys are back in town

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Every day for the past week or so I’ve been checking the flowers that I know are loved by bees and hoverflies, though with only moderate success. Of course, it’s still early March, and whichever bright spark on the Midlands … Continued

Arts and crafts

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I belong to a photography group called Stratford Clicks, which is largely run on line, but does stage occasional events in the real world. One of the other members, who lives in Chipping Campden, managed to arrange for a few … Continued

Mono Monday: Small

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Today R and I said a temporary goodbye to H and G as they went off on the next leg of the tour; they’ll be rattling through again at the end of this week, but for now the house seems … Continued

Offspring

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Lest you think this represents the death of conversation, we were simply having a little speaking break after virtually talking ourselves hoarse over breakfast. The Offspring were both working, while I made lunch with sous-chef assistance from R, and seeing … Continued

Casualty

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R and I spent an energetic couple of hours in the middle of the day, tidying the front garden. It’s quite a large space, so getting round it in that time was a demonstration of The Art of Rough Gardening … Continued

Grumpy

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It’s now nearly six months since we lost Arthur (whose 17th birthday it would have been yesterday), and fifteen months since Roley died; and every creature within a ten-mile radius seems to have worked out that our garden is a … Continued

It begins

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Photos of early hoverflies and solitary bees have been turning up on Facebook for the past few days; so early this afternoon I dusted off the macro lens, applied it to the 5D and went out hunting bugs. There’s very … Continued

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