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Beating the Bounds – again!

I have been back walking my loops of the parish boundary (read why here and here). The other evening I rejoined the boundary at the medieval stone cross on the old road to Plymouth. The surface of the road has … Continue reading

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Mad hattiness

Wren and Finch are big fans of carbohydrates. They would live entirely on bread, potatoes and pasta if they could. Finch’s potato passion reached new heights with this season’s jersey royals so he was utterly disgusted when we made a … Continue reading

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The private life of ladybirds

It has been so hot here. All the doors and windows of the house are flung wide open. Wren sleeps in just her nappy but only fitfully. She wakes up grumpy, her curls plastered to the back of her neck. … Continue reading

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June flowers

Rain is gently tip-tapping on the window this morning. In the garden a single white foxglove grows in a foxglove graveyard. At least three others have died there but this one survived. I often wonder about gardening scenarios like this. … Continue reading

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Eggs

We found this shell in the garden the other day. I was hoping it would be the egg shell of something really exciting. Just recently a species of fly that had been thought extinct turned up on a nature reserve … Continue reading

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Wasps

Out in the garage the other week little Owl pointed up to the roof over my shoulder and asked, “Is that pollen mummy?” Clinging to the wooden beam was a cluster of carefully built little hexagons. As we watched a … Continue reading

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Skipping lessons

Did you ever play skipping games as a child? I did. I especially loved the long rope games where two children would turn the rope for the others. Even better was when we had two long ropes turned between each … Continue reading

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Wild Hares and Hummingbirds

The sparrows have found our feeders! Granted it took minus temperatures for them to venture into our exposed garden but it’s a start. The hills behind our house were thick with snow this weekend. The trees wore strips of snow … Continue reading

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