Long Sunday Walk

Today I went on an unexpectedly long walk. I decided to go up the hill as I hadn’t walked that way for a while, then I ended up walking back through the woods, then off for long wander through the fields on the hill, and back round to the bottom of the village in a big loop. My leg hasn’t quite forgiven me yet, but it was lovely up there in the sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

At the top of the village, there are tons of Primroses now:


Also there was a big spread of Speedwell looking lovely so I got down low so you can see how it carpeted the ground:


As I was strolling up the hill I spotted an insect on a Dandelion. I think it was a Leafcutter Bee – it definitely looked bee-like but it was very much smaller than honey bees. I love how it was so covered in pollen!


There wasn’t much to photograph through the woods, but it was a nice walk between all the trees. When I reached the edge of the woods I was going to go back home, but decided instead to head out onto the hillside. It was lovely and sunny and I could hear birds all around. I saw a Buzzard, Red Kites, Jays, Robins & Chaffinches, but the most interesting birds were the Meadow Pipits – there were lots of them around, but they were quite skittish so I didn’t get any good shots – just a few fairly rubbish ones! This one was my best effort:


Some of the sheep up there were sleeping on the path, and though I would have walked quietly round them, they preferred to get up and move. Some were rather grumpy about this. These two stood and stared at me rather belligerently for a while before moving away:


However this lovely lady was quite keen to have her photo taken, and posed beautifully for me:


I spotted a lovely bunch of Larch trees (wasn’t sure what they were, but have googled!):


On the way back towards home I was chasing butterflies! There were quite a lot of Small Tortoiseshells fluttering all over the place in pairs. They seemed to be feeling a tad frisky ๐Ÿ™‚ It was hard work getting a shot but I managed a couple


This one was behaving a little more sedately and just getting on with drinking nectar, allowing me to get a little closer:


I saw a couple of Peacock butterflies out too, but it was mainly the tortoiseshells.

To finish off – here’s a view from up on the hill. I only had my macro lens with me as I hadn’t really intended on going up there, or I’d have a nice wide-angle shot, but this is not bad really:


Now I’m up to date on all my walks ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’ve enjoyed my catch up.


A Winter’s Day

Today has been more like a “proper” winter’s day, with a frosty start and chill in the air, and blue skies making it look deceptively warm and inviting. It was something like 2oC when we went out for a walk this morning and it was necessary to wrap up warm. Despite the cold, I was very glad to get out, and the sunshine has lasted all day.

I checked up on the progress of the snowdrops and was pleased to see that they have grown since last week and the first flowers are showing. Looks like there will be lots more to come ๐Ÿ™‚

There are signs of life in the hedgerows with some leaves growing on Honeysuckle, and something else I couldn’t identify.

I saw lots of birds around, but had very little luck taking photos. I saw Robins, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Magpies, Jackdaws, Sparrows, and probably several others I couldn’t identify. I managed one shot of a sparrow, but it’s not very good …


No lambs yet in the fields near our house, but I am guessing that there are many on their way.

I mentioned the catkin buds on the Willow in my post yesterday, and today I grabbed a photo of a couple of them:



Early spring?

The weather continues to be rather changeable and not entirely wintry. I’m not really complaining, although I wish we had a few more dry days. Thankfully there have been no more storms, although there has been some gusty wind and rain. It is quite chilly but nothing like last winter when we were in the middle of snow and ice and spring ended up being late. I don’t think it will be late this year – I’ve seen daffodil shoots coming up, and some lambs in the fields, and the snowdrops are on their way. It feels like early spring to me. The little willow in the front garden is starting to show its fluffy catkin buds too. The Jackdaws continue to guard their nest sites – a pair on each of our chimneys. Mr Robin continues to act like he owns the bird feeders, but I forgive him as he sings so sweetly sometimes – the other day he sat on the gate and sang his heart out while I stood and watched ๐Ÿ™‚

If tomorrow is dry I will try and get out for a walk and hopefully get a few pictures. Excuse the lack of them for now!


A quick note

This morning was bright and cold. A lovely pink blush to the clouds and ice on the pond. I haven’t ventured far, and have been busy indoors. There is talk of a real cold snap coming … we’ll see what happens.



Snowdrop shoots

The weather has improved and the storms are now over. The clear up has got underway in town, and out here all is calm and there’s even been some sunshine! It has turned a lot colder, but that is the price we pay for calmer weather I guess.

Today we went out for a walk around the village, which was nice despite the cold. I spotted these Snowdrops getting started near the wall by the church. I’m not sure if it’s a bit early or about right. After last year’s late spring I’m wondering if we’ll have an earlier one this time.

I also saw some leaves emerging in the hedgerow which again makes me think spring may be early. And there are loads of catkins.

Fungi near the pond

In the soggy areas near the village pond the fungi that had been growing everywhere seem to have mostly disintegrated into a slimy mess which isn’t all that pleasant. Perhaps it has been too soggy even for fungi! There are a few left intact though.

Also on our walk today we saw some Chaffinches and Blue Tits, many berries, and a daisy, as well as some reminders of autumn with a leaf hanging on still, and oak galls that have been there for months on a small oak tree. The Chaffinches don’t seem to visit out garden any more, but it’s good to see they’re still around the village.



10783226554_eab10621dc_oMy Country Diary will be added to during this coming year (2014) along the lines of “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady“.

Iโ€™m hoping to blog at least once a month (if not more) to note what is going on in nature in my area. Iโ€™ll try and look for some of the same plants and animals that Edith Holden did in her book if I can.

This blog will start officially in 2 days!


drive through art

as I drive
my windscreen frames
the world drawn silent
with chalk and charcoal
silhouettes of gnarled trees
dark against pink and grey clouds
smudged across sky
chalkdust mist hangs heavy
along the valley
as a flurry of birds
disturb the stillness
and complete the picture