Humming

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R and I had another heavy session in the garden today, working on and around two overgrown and neglected apple trees. He did most of the de-brambling, and I did most of the pruning, and between us we returned them … Continued

Plump

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R and I spent almost the whole day in the garden, and though I’m tired now I’m very happy with our achievements. We cut back and tidied the whole of the long front border – possibly the first time this … Continued

Alone

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I went to Compton Verney today, for the first time since March last year. The estate has stayed open to members for outside exercise throughout this past winter, but because we live over half an hour’s drive away, R and … Continued

Grip

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R and I were treated to every season and flavour of Baby B today: from sunny to stormy and from pickle to honey. The few minutes in which I was not only his favourite person on earth but also the … Continued

Desultory

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You can see from their posture that they weren’t really putting much effort into this – there was certainly no animosity involved, and frankly I think they were doing it more out boredom than anything else. No-one else in the … Continued

Spring blossom

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Had I shaped myself and gone out first thing, I could have photographed this cherry plum blossom in lovely warm early spring sunshine. There’s a reasonable chance that I’d have found some invertebrates too. Sadly, by the time I peeled … Continued

Blue sky thinking

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So now we know. The route out of the current restrictions is as follows: March 8th All schools go back (what could possibly go wrong there?). 2 people from different households can meet outside for a coffee (as if that’s … Continued

Bee watch

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It begins. I’ve been on bee watch for a few days now, since I saw the first photos of hairy-footed flower bees appearing in the BWARS group on Facebook. The immediate response from one of the administrators – “And we’re … Continued

Spot

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Spot the leafhopper on the spotty hellebore. I’ll confess right now that I didn’t, or I’d have homed in on it and tried to bring you a better photo, but in my defence I was contorted into an almost impossible … Continued

Cheshire Cat

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Worcestershire Cat. Whatever. She’ll be smirking on the other side of her face if I catch her stalking my garden birds while I have one of the Offspring’s old Super Soakers to hand. The other morning while I was making … Continued