What did you learn from your Grandad?


What do you remember from being a 5 year old child? In my case it's mostly about gardening with my grandad, a Cornish miner who migrated to Cumbria where I was born. He had an allotment garden, about 400 yards from his house in Haverigg where he mostly grew vegetables, especially onions, as did most … Continue reading What did you learn from your Grandad?

Macro Monday: The Alium and the Bee!


A member of the onion family, garden Aliums are a welcome burst of colour between Spring and Summer. But it’s the Bumblebee that caught my attention here. Did you know: A bee can detect a single molecule of sugar at a distance of one mile!? Bumblebees hibernate under the ground? They will NOT die if … Continue reading Macro Monday: The Alium and the Bee!

Macro Monday: Sequoia Bark in Yosemite


The visit to Yosemite on our Trans USA Rail holiday last year was one of the highlights of the trip. I remember the guide telling us about the three different types of Redwood or Sequoia but have no idea which one this close up photo highlights! The bark looks like a satellite image of a … Continue reading Macro Monday: Sequoia Bark in Yosemite

Macro Monday: The Forest Bug


Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) A short walk in our local nature reserve revealed this Forest Bug which mostly lives high up in trees and bushes. Although it is rarely seen this is a common species all over the British Isles. It sometimes sucks on leaves and fruit, but it clearly prefers to hunt for its … Continue reading Macro Monday: The Forest Bug

Trees and Teas in a Medieval Forest


Stanton Park, Wiltshire ....... only 7 miles away yet never visited in our 32 years of living at the southern tip of the Cotswolds! A phone call from our daughter led to us meeting there late morning followed by a wonderful slow walk through just a small part of this medieval forest. Marked trails took … Continue reading Trees and Teas in a Medieval Forest