Claimant

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I wasn’t expecting to become the subject of a fierce dispute when I sat down to read on a rug in the wild garden this afternoon, but that’s what promptly happened. Perhaps it was my animal magnetism, or maybe they … Continued

Sun fly

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I wasn’t feeling all that well today, so I gave myself a much quieter day than yesterday. In fact I spent most of the afternoon sitting in a canvas chair in the shade of the quince tree in the wild … Continued

Wild Wednesday

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It’s been a day of great excitement here in the Shire – well, in our little corner of this valley, anyway. I’m posting three extras this evening, two of which are photos taken by the  trail cam early this morning. … Continued

Big Red

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In the world of insects, of course, “large” is a relative term: he’s only about 3.5cm from frons to claspers, but he’s bigger than a Small Red Damselfly would be, and by dint of slow and careful stalking I managed … Continued

Batman

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The common name of the hoverfly Myathropa florea comes from the grey and black marking on its thorax – more clearly seen in today’s extra – which (for those of you with active imaginations) is said to resemble the logo … Continued

Happy anniversary to us

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R and I have long since given up trying to negotiate the minefield of buying each other an appropriate anniversary present, but every now and then, when we remember, we choose something together to mark the passage of another year … Continued

Geriatric

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To be fair, I’m not looking all that good myself after a couple of hours of gardening (eeeurgh), but with his pile grey and worn, and his wings in tatters, this plumpie can’t be long for this world – which … Continued

Jack by the Hedge

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In the silent watches of last night, I suddenly realised that the birthday card I wrote several days ago for one of my nephews was still sitting, unposted, on the dresser in the hall. Which is a warning to me … Continued