Arrival Of The Bees

Yes, the hive arrived on Sunday morning at about 06.30. Nice and early, to get set up before the temperature rises, and recently it’s between exceeding 30C!! Alan, the beekeeper, had selected this spot previously and left a wooden base ready for the hive to […]

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Celebrating The Bee

I make no apology for cliched shots of bees. Without them we would be screwed. Period. As a keen gardener, I can’t begin to imagine a world without them. I certainly don’t want to! I can watch them, for ages, working the flowers. They pollinate […]

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Flower Power – Pink

Sorry its been a long time between posts, but things have been hectic! Managed to get around to visiting some other people’s gardens in the last few days. Pink seemed to be the predominant colour in one old style garden with some lovely old-fashioned roses. […]

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The Kestrel & The Hawks

A couple of images following your kind comments about my previous post. This Red-Tailed Hawk was having a bit of an issue with a twig. A Harris Hawk swooping down out of a tree. The beautiful little female Kestrel above, was finding her  balance in a gusting […]

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A Beautiful Bird On My Arm

A birthday gift from my wife was a day of learning about and photographing raptors and ended with the opportunity to hold this beauty! Not sure which was the more nerve-wracking, holding the Eagle Owl or allowing someone I didn’t know to use my camera!! A […]

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My Best Friend & Companion…

..has just had a double cataract operation to try and save his eyesight! So far so good, though not how I wanted to mark my sixtieth birthday. He developed glaucoma in his left eye on the day of my party and I’ve been worried sick ever […]

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Life’s A Beach!

Amazing weather one morning at Lepe Country Park on the Hampshire coast. Lovely calm sea, warm sunshine with the Isle of Wight looming out of the mist…..magical. My little mate Reilly even paddled in the sea…..  

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Orchids at Kew

A few photos from a recent visit to the orchid house at Kew. Some stunning flowers but a bit too crowded for relaxed viewing. But you can’t have everything in life!

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Desperate For Spring

What with the bitterly cold easterly wind and flurries of snow, I am most definitely desperate for Spring to arrive! In an attempt to kid myself it’s imminent, I’ve started  gardening indoors. There’s two varieties  of seed potatoes in one windowsill, sprouting. Red Duke Of York, […]

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A Winter’s Tale

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. Entirely due to the weather and the inertia of my Depression in winter. I was once likened to a grizzly bear, to my wife, by my then consultant. My wife agreed with the analogy! I like to believe […]

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Banishing The Winter Blues

Yesterday was definitely one of those days when, despite the lack of daylight, despite the cold, I just had to get out into a natural environment or go mad! The New Forest seemed an obvious choice and I was disappointed! Very, very few people and […]

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