Ephemeral

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When I my car went through its MOT last month it came back with an advisory notice that one of the tyres was approaching the legal tread limit, so this afternoon I went into Stratford to have a new tyre … Continued

Noble

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This is a thick-legged flower beetle (Oedemera nobilis), though being a female and keeping herself in trim she doesn’t have the thunder thighs that readily identify males of the species, and give it its common name. She’s also a more … Continued

Hatching a plan

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R and I had the best time imaginable with Baby B today. Later this week he’ll turn six months old, which seems to be the magical point at which every day becomes a journey of adventure, and he was engaged, … Continued

Calm

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One of the things that cheered me up during the first lockdown last year was the fact that the warm spring and early summer brought a large number of butterflies to our garden, some of which I’d never seen here … Continued

Perfect

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R and I were in the garden, where we’d recently finished pruning back a huge and unruly viburnum. I was sitting on one of the benches, drinking a mug of tea, and he was in the secret garden, beginning to … Continued

Twenty two

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There’s something mildly amusing about a creature that’s less than five millimetres long having an extremely long name, and this tiny ladybird would probably be astonished if it knew that humans have named it Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata. The Germans call it … Continued

Rosy

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R and I went out to play with Baby B again today. Almost the first thing he did on seeing me was to reach out and gently touch my face, which was charming. Then he removed my glasses and ate … Continued

Piebald

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I’d half-decided to go to either Shropshire or Wiltshire after Odonata today, but when it came down to it I found I didn’t quite have the energy for a long drive, so I stayed in the Shire and went to … Continued

Underfoot

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My car had to go into the garage this morning for service and MOT, and rather than have me faff around with a waiting appointment or a loan car, R sweetly offered to follow me over to Coventry and take … Continued

Summer Solstice

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Hmmm. It would have been easier to tell that it was the longest day of the year if the sun had ever shown its face. Instead it was overcast, dark and dreary. And windy, and quite cold. On the plus … Continued