seasons

As each of the spring flowers comes out, we get a little closer to the estimated due date of our little baby. First it was the snowdrops, then the crocuses, then the bright yellow daffodils and the calm white narcissus, and then the little blue muscari grape hyacinths came out. Grape hyacinths are my favourite …

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This is the time of year when it’s good to get your nest boxes cleaned out and ready for a new generation of feathered inhabitants. Here’s the RSPB advice on how to clean out your nest box. Small birds tend to pair up and prospect for their nesting site in the latter half of February …

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This is the time of year – in the midst of the peak autumn glory – that I start to think about hibernating.  I feel the creeping darkness shortening the day, the cold wind nips at my ears, and I have to scrape the car windscreen for the first time since last winter.  I take …

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I have very many lovely tasks in my working life.  That’s mostly because I made up my own job and therefore gave myself lovely assignments.  I’ve created a role that combines three of the things I’m most passionate about: drawing, the great outdoors, and lovely quality paper goods.  I draw what I love and then …

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I am writing this month’s edition of the Wildlife blog from a very windy isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.  I’m here for a week with Ross & Buddy Dog.  We drove up through Skye which was showing signs of autumn colours: crispy brown ferns, swathes of faded bownish-purple heather across mountain-sides, slate grey …

September Wildlife: What To Look Out For in Nature This Month Read More »

The countryside starts to look a little untidy in August.  The long grasses of July have grown heavy with seed-heads and over-estimated their strength.  They flop about and fall over like unruly drunks.  Buddy’s coat is full of grass seeds and sticky-willys.  He likes to pull the sticky-willys from his coat with his teeth, eat …

August Wildlife: What to Look Out For in Nature This Month Read More »

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that we had a swallow’s nest in the back porch with four little swallow babies who have now fledged and are fending for themselves.  I kept a diary of the activities of our swallow family which I thought you might like to read (and see my …

The Swallow Babies: A Diary Read More »

I’ve told you before about our summertime tea-in-the-garden obsession.  It starts early May, even if I have to wear a woolly hat, and continues right through the summer.  Every year I count how many meals we eat at our picnic table in the back garden.  This year has been going particularly well  [although I must …

The Magic of Dusk: Honeysuckle, Weird Moths & Other Garden Secrets Read More »

The last week of June was absolutely scorching here in the Scottish Borders.  The Birdhouse, my little studio, was swelterama so I retreated indoors to work. I’ve been keeping the top half of the stable door in the kitchen open so I can watch the constant too-ing and fro-ing of the swallows to their nest …

July Wildlife: What to look out for in nature this month Read More »

Two weekends ago I spent the weekend in Pittenweem with my sister & the dog. The plan was to spend two full days walking sections of the Fife Coastal Path but it rained a month’s worth of rain on the Saturday. I discovered very quickly that my new bee-print raincoat isn’t waterproof in the slightest …

The Fife Coastal Path (remembering why walking is great) Read More »

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