Zonkers

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We had another busy, productive, and tiring day in the garden – mainly weeding and tidying, but R also cut back a tree that was getting above itself, and I did more patio planting. I also found some more excellent … Continued

Melecta albifrons

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After a brisk morning walk around Croome, R and I spent the afternoon working in the garden. It was warm and sunny – too hot, in fact, for some of the heavy tasks we’d set ourselves – and suddenly there … Continued

Good grooming

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R and I went to Stratford this afternoon, to meet up with our…. in-laws? ….. out-laws?….. I don’t know if there’s an accepted noun that covers our relationship, but co-grandparents is probably the neatest term I can come up with. … Continued

Distinctive

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Another day, another hairy-footed flower bee – because I had almost no free time to spend in the garden, and they were the only creatures I managed to find during the few minutes I was out. I’m not complaining though, … Continued

Selective focus

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There’s still no sign of the threatened heatwave, but it was at least a little less cold today, and the wind had lessened. The invertebrates still weren’t impressed though – my entire bag for the day was a single Bombus … Continued

Ranunculus

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R and I called into one of the local garden centres on our way home from Charlecote on Wednesday, and although they didn’t have a great range of bedding plants I was happy to bag some ranunculus to go in … Continued

Interaction

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I may not have mentioned previously that my grandson is a polar bear…. Anyway, he was on top form today, apart from a few grinchy minutes on the way back from our walk, and even then it turned out that … Continued

Plucky

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Almost all the park at Charlecote is now open again, which allowed us to have a decent walk this morning and earn ourselves some coffee and cake. It was quite cold though, so it didn’t feel especially spring-like, and because … Continued

Guardian

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I promised to bring you a photo of a female hairy-footed flower bee as soon as I managed to find one, and here it is. I hadn’t expected to capture a male in the same frame, but sometimes you just … Continued

Sky

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The window cleaner arrived unexpectedly this morning. Well, he was probably expecting it, but I wasn’t. I was buried in a project at my desk at the time, and the thought of having to get up and go and do … Continued