spring

I have chosen the siskin as my bird of the month for May.  These little yellow sweethearts have been our constant companions in the garden this month.  We haven’t really seen siskins on the feeders here before – except the odd fleeting sighting in the winter – but this spring there has been at least …

Bird of the Month May: The Siskin Read More »

I’ve chosen the oystercatcher as my bird of the month for April.  I’ve always loved oystercatchers.  They were my Gran’s favourite bird (and I have a Mairi Hedderwick oystercatcher print that was hers).  They are seaside nostalgia.  They are noisy and bold and a bit extra.  They eat cockles like Londoners.  There’s nothing not to …

Bird of the Month April: Oystercatcher Read More »

I have chosen the jay as my bird of the month for March. Jays are woodland birds and we are lucky to live on the edge of a wood.  Our neighbours have lovely mature gardens with lots of trees which brings the jays into the gardens.  We’ve seen one on our feeders several times.  Every …

Bird of the Month March: Eurasian Jay Read More »

I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the woodland in spring this year.  I missed three months of the woodland last year with being either too heavily pregnant to walk very far or stuck in the house recovering with the new-born.  Whereas this year, during lock-down, I’ve had all the time in the world to stoop down …

Woodland Wildflowers: A Lock-Down Diary Read More »

[This year I have decided to study two big Horse Chestnut trees near our house.  This is Part 4 of my sketchbook-learnings.] In my March update on the Drygrange Chestnuts, it was all about the sticky hard buds that had been progressing all month.  In early April those buds burst.  At first they looked like …

The Drygrange Chestnuts Pt.4: April, Nests and Buds Bursting Read More »

[This year I have decided to study two big Horse Chestnut trees near our house.  This is Part 3 of my sketchbook-learnings.] In my February update on the chestnuts I commented that I thought February was the toughest month of the year.  Well!  Hasn’t March been weird? This month the chesnuts have been in bud.  …

Drygrange Chestnuts Pt.3: March, Buds and a Global Pandemic Read More »

Today, the first Sunday in May, is International Dawn Chorus Day. This day is an annual celebration of the peak of the spring dawn chorus symphony. All over the country there are early morning walks and events planned to celebrate the most magical of natural phenomenon. From 4am the countryside wakes up, one species of …

The Wren: Small but Mighty Read More »

We moved house at the end of the summer so this is our first spring in New House. It’s been completely joyful discovering the spring flowers, one by one, as they make their appearance. Neither of us are gardeners, really, so we don’t always know what it is we are looking at, or how to …

Our First Spring at New House Read More »

Easter is a time of renewal, hope and the promise of new life. Here’s some ideas for nature-themed Easter cards to send to loved ones. [The captions under the images are click-able] You can find all these cards, plus lots of other ideas for Easter gifts, in the shop. Don’t dawdle though as Easter is …

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