Bold

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I like a bold colour scheme as much as the next woman (I have in the past painted entire rooms red), and I generally adopt a permissive attitude to the life choices of the creatures that share my garden. But … Continued

Scarce

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Not the dragon: I easily found half a dozen, once I’d spotted the first tell-tale flash of powder blue, and got my eye in. Parking spaces at Eckington Bridge, on the other hand, were as rare as hen’s teeth this … Continued

The distaff side

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This morning I went back to the far end of the garden, to look for yesterday’s new friend. He wasn’t there, but almost at once I spotted a female demoiselle. She was quite high up in a willow tree, and … Continued

Beautiful

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“Starter for ten,” I said, interrupting R in his study and thrusting my camera under his nose. “What’s this?” Peering at the screen, he replied, “It’s a…… Beautiful.” It is indeed a Beautiful. Which just goes to show two things: … Continued

Emperor

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Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you for your lovely response to my 6-year milestone yesterday. I’m very grateful for your lovely comments, and touched by your generosity in sending my post to the top line of pops. … Continued

Six

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There are two celebrations going on here (or three, if you count the fact that I managed to buy some plain flour today, for the first time since this whole lockdown business started, and was thus able to do some … Continued

Going it alone

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I was chatting to R out on the patio when I saw a Large Red Damselfly land on the edge of the patio pond. As I had the macro in my hand I went over and took a couple of … Continued

Swinging

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It was a much balmier day today, and there was lots of activity going on at the wildlife pond this morning. I went there laden with garden tools, intending to plant a hemp agrimony at the edge of the pond, … Continued

Brooklime

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It was another very windy day, mostly overcast and with some episodes of squally rain. It definitely wasn’t a dragon day, so as I was in a bad mood anyway, I thought I might as well do gardening. R and … Continued

Striking gold

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It was blowing a raging hoolie this morning, which isn’t the best weather for dragons. Nor is it ideal for visiting a heavily wooded reserve, so I was rather perplexed to find myself arriving at Grove Hill shortly after breakfast. … Continued