Friday, 5 August 2016


The garden is full of flies, hoverflies and bees, they are especially fond of the marjoram and thyme and we noticed this fantastic fly looking more like a bumblebee. We think its Tachina grossa apparently it takes caterpillars for its young to feed on. Lovely.

Update - I now have a pet fly! Like bees it love s sugar water.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Recently completed this dog portrait - couldn't show it till now as a surprise present!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lychnis Moth Bell Sykes

Driving to Bell Sykes we noticed several Lychnis moth larvae feeding on the seeds of Red Campion.

Reminds me of a visit to the Black Sheep Brewery.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

We recycled old tractor tyres to make into flower beds and the wildflowers have really romped away. The little pond we made from an old water cistern has two resident frogs and a visiting toad who like to sit in the cool shade near it.

Cornfield wildflower mix in tractor tyre filled with molehills.

Looks so relaxing!

Wildflowers love the gravelly area under the trees.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Stinkhorn fungus

 Stinkhorn fungi are bursting out under the trees,  the flies love feeding on the sticky caps.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Friends of Bowland walk

Friends of Bowland organized a "Wildlife Wander" from Cross of Greets bridge. The weather fined up and it was lovely and sunny which brought out the grasshoppers, dragonflies and beetles. Lots of Meadow Pipits and Whinchats and possibly saw a Hen Harrier circling above. Found Bog Asphodel and Sundews.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

(Pink) Kittens with wings.

Had the moth trap out Monday night and caught several Elephant Hawk Moths and Small Elephant Hawkmoths. They just make me happy!