Small Heath

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I wonder if you can find Small Heaths in Smallheath….? Anyway, this Small Heath wasn’t in Smallheath. This afternoon I went down to the site where Hillyblips and I photographed Grizzled Skippers last year – with R riding shotgun, because … Continued

Osteospermum

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This afternoon R and I went to the funeral of a neighbour who died recently at the age of 97. It was a lovely service, with warm tributes paid by family members to a woman who was clearly the heart … Continued

Emergence

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I had to go to Stow-on-the-Wold this afternoon for a haircut and, despite life continually tripping me up this morning, I managed to get out of the house early enough to swing round via the Cotswold Water Park first, in … Continued

It begins

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“Did you get him?” enquired the Croome steward, of the woman lugging two cameras across the Chinese Bridge. “Ummmm…. the otter, do you mean…?” “Yes!” he said, in that tone of voice that means What else would I be talking … Continued

Malachite

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After a wonderful breakfast this morning, R and I said goodbye to the Howard Arms and drove over to Witney, where we collected – and thus became responsible for – The Dress. I’d like to tell you that this did … Continued

Day Two

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Because R and I had a two-day wedding – Registry Office and high tea for a handful of people on the Friday, followed by a church blessing and reception on the Saturday – we feel that we’re morally entitled to … Continued

Pearl

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I know – it’s a surprising name, isn’t it? There’s really no accounting for the whims of parents. Sorry – I’ll come in again. This is the love of my life and father of my children, my friend and confidant, … Continued

Shhhh….

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Someone is sleeping…. After another long morning of errands and wedding craziness, I went out for a head-clearing walk around the village. I was disappointed that my neighbours’ pond still had no Odonata, and the butterfly field no butterflies (nor … Continued

Anemone

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It’s a mark of my age, or the way my brain’s wired up, or maybe just my current level of permanent near-hysteria, that I can’t say the word “anemone” without doing a kind of Monty Python Gumby sketch thing with … Continued

Grass

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Probably grass. Maybe. What it actually looks most like to me is barley – and living here, that’s quite possible – but I don’t claim any kind of expertise. I’m sure mollyblobs would know, but it’s a bit late in … Continued