Monday, 19 September 2016

Autumnal butterflies

There is a definite nip in the air first thing in the morning and last thing at night but midday is as hot as any summer day we've had and the butterflies and bees are making the most of late flowering blooms to prepare for hibernation. My garden might be looking a bit past its best but theres still lots of lovely colour to make the most of and gladden the heart.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Autumn webs

Its dark now when I get up at 5.30 - really sad winters on its way again, but once the suns up we can see the valley full of mist and the dew glistening like tiny jewels on the spiders webs that festoon the thistle heads  and fences.

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.