Saturday, 29 May 2010

Tawny Owl

My first unexpected early morning encounter with this cool looking Tawny Owl totally made my day.... A simple priceless magic moment. Hope you like him too.

Face of the week

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Advocado Plant

It took me nearly six or seven weeks to get this advocado pit to sprout a root in water then several more to see the first shoot appear after planting the pit in soil It's very unlikely that this plant will ever produce any fruit due to Englands colder climate but the other day I thought a day out in the sun wouldn't do any harm. How wrong could I be, as you can see some low ass loved up creepy crawly has disfigured one of the leaves with two perfect heart shapes. Grrrr

Saturday, 15 May 2010


Unfortunately the nuthatches that visited my feeding station last year are strangely absent, maybe they just found a better hostess. I hope so better that reason than thinking they did not make it through the long winter. However this nuthatch was enjoying his nuts in the Victorian garden in Pleasington.
The small pond could do with a refill but there's still enough water for a reflection of the surrounding trees and Harry my black lab.

Btw that's Phil in the background. Hiding behind the rushes are these colourful marsh marigolds.

At the back of the garden the Wildlife Trust people are doing a bit of excavation work, looks like they unearthed a bit of cherub pottery along with some other less interesting bits and pieces.

Poppy Love

The first poppy of this year has just sprung up, and as you can see it has that princess Diana wedding dress look. Ever so crumpled but nice.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Woodland Revisited

Lovely cool fresh morning in the woods today, followed by blue skies.

Amongst the leafy foliage on the woodland floor emerged this rather dapper looking seed grass, all the while I thought bluebells would emerge. Just goes to show how little I know.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Who Is This Guy?

Saw this guy in the woods the other day and am having a problem identifying him. Can anyone help?

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Pleasington Old Hall Wood Nature Reserve

There are a fabulous amount of woodland flowers on show at the moment, some I can put names to, others are a complete mystery. At top is a common favorite, as kids we called the dandelion clock the sugar stealer, without doubt one of natures best wind dispersal systems.
Cowslip I expected to see but this lonesome snakeshead was a surprise.

Can anyone put a name to the white flower with the yellow balls? The two main flowers in the picture look like they've been on the lash and are staggering back to the wood. Look how he's got his arm (stem) round the other for support;-)

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Daddy Loves Froggy

Saw my first Bluebell of the year then out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of this little frog amongst the spotted leaves and moss.