Clay, Flint and Rain

Proof, I am still here. My head is just above water but it is a damned close run thing.

Moths etc.

I struggle to remember the last extended dry spell. The garden remains waterlogged. Scaffolding surrounds the orangery and master bedroom. Bedecked and betarped the droplets strike, now hard, now soft. Like political rhetoric it seems unending. The walk to the moth trap can only be undertaken in rain boots.

The crows strut around the mossy lawn. Celandines, Primroses and Bluebells vie with Dandelions, Lords and Ladies and small violets (species to be ascertained, for there are several) for dominance. Beyond the lawn the hard core of Bluebells goes stem to stem with the aggressively spreading Dog’s Mercury. Wood Anemones are pushing up. Solomon’s Seal is the latest to appear. Fading Daffs fringe everything whilst the tulips raise their bulbous heads and flare their pink or red lips; floral flehming? The Magnolia trees are in flower and the cherry trees are sporting their Spring finery, popinjays all. And tucked in the corner…

View original post 519 more words

A Winter’s Tale

Wildlife posts will be posted on Moths Etc in future. I hope you will follow me there.

Moths etc.

A flurry of garden activity. The squirrels are playing kiss-chase or possibly get off my patch. I also spotted a squirrel collecting leaves, presumably for his drey. I am indebted to the squirrels for not gnawing through the cables that connect my moth trap to the mains. Very considerate. Although they are considered vermin I do find them entertaining. An erstwhile colleague of mine had one inside the engine compartment of his car and they chewed his battery cables to shreds. I think I would issue an eviction order if they tried that with our cars.

A Robin was observed clearing a wall cavity. Could this be an early sign of nest building?

I have finally seen the Firecrest again. The very poor photo (usual excuses: uncooperative bird, poor light, high ISO etc. etc.) shows yellow feet. As a self-confessed Luddite I went through my books and could not see…

View original post 495 more words