Fresh supplies, p(l)eas(e)

Joan writes: Freshly cut salad leaf and pea shoots are hard to beat. My current crop is near exhausted so time to sow another batch. Meanwhile, in lockdown, my niece has taken a shine to her garden space and has been growing a variety of things...

A very hungry…

Caterpillar Jenny writes: Ambling across my path this morning was a Drinker Moth caterpillar (Euthrix potatoria). At around 6 cm long, the length of the palm of my hand, it was making its way towards the taller hedgerow grasses and safe shelter. Drinker Moths are fluttering...

The May is oot!

What a delightful draw to the weekend’s end! The tide has turned on two days of drizzle (with a downpour or two in between) and we have the most glorious evening. In an effort to get a few more steps in on an otherwise lazy weekend,...

Bingo anyone?

Jo writes: After dabbling with sound maps in my last post, it reminded me of another activity involving the senses.  This can be adapted for a local greenspace, your own garden or from a window for people who are shielding. I’m talking bingo! Not the numbers...

Rain, rain, …..

Joan writes: A few posts back, I did moan a little about the lack of moisture to kick start my newly seeded lawn area. I have had my wish, thank you, and here is up to date evidence of progress. A bit patchy, but I am...

Snail Trail

Jenny writes: A crunch underfoot on the dog walk this morning alerts me to snails on the path! Carefully now, I have to pick my way through them. What kind of snails are they? A brief search found this handy slug and snail ID sheet ....

Did you hear that?

Jo writes: Listening to the beautiful birdsong in Joan’s blog this week reminded me of a lovely activity I used to do with my daughter when she was younger, so I decided to revisit it today. The idea is simple and can be done indoors or...

Dandelions

Jenny writes: You can’t help but notice the spread of bright yellow dandelions across gardens and countryside this week. As a ‘guinea pigs’ favourite, full of vitamin C, we used to harvest them wherever we could and watch as they were eagerly chomped through by our...

If you go down to the woods today……

Joan writes: …… you might be surprised at what you see …. and hear! The wonderful calm weather stays with us. No excuses for not making the most of our outdoor spaces if you are able to do so whilst adhering to current social distancing guidelines....

Thorns mean only one thing

Joan writes: This row of fir trees was planted as knee high whips, 10 years ago. Time has been kind to them and they have (mostly) grown into fine specimens. However, they have done so well (most with branches now intertwining), it was time that every...