Chasing Butterflies

I spotted this Green-Veined White Butterfly on Saturday while out walking, but every time I tried to get near it, it flew off to another Stitchwort flower. In my happy mood, I just laughed out loud and kept on trying! I didn’t think I had any decent shots, just a bit of fun chasing butterflies, but actually these three aren’t bad 🙂





Squirrel Buffet

I promised you squirrels and here they are!

Yesterday my children were providing the squirrels with a delightful buffet of hazelnuts – all they had to do was be brave enough to come and get one from their hands. For most of the squirrels down by the seafront in Bournemouth Gardens, this was not problem as they are quite tame but one or two were a bit more cautious. Anyway, fun was had by all and the squirrels enjoyed their feast.

A more cautious squirrel observing activities from a safe height
A sweet, rather shy squirrel whose nerve kept going just as he nearly reached a hand holding hazelnuts. He retreated behind this stump for a while, peeking round to see if it was safe to come out!
A brave squirrel munching on his prize
This rather plump squirrel seems to be eating his nut with a smug expression on his face! Probably due to the fact that he got the nut, and the pigeons didn’t 🙂
This squirrel found the whole affair extremely amusing and couldn’t stop laughing (at least that’s how he looks to me!).
This squirrel confidently rests his paws on my daughter’s hand while trying to collect multiple nuts.
He gently holds on to her finger to make sure she stays still and lets him get them all 🙂
This one poses beautifully, with tail at the perfect angle, while nibbling his nut
And finally this one perches on the back of a bench giving me a great opportunity for a less grey background with lots of lovely bokeh 🙂 He basically completely ignored me so I could get in really close – there are closer shots on Flickr. He also made someone else’s day – there was a girl presumably new to the whole Bournemouth squirrels thing who was thrilled to be so near to a squirrel and took a selfie of herself with him 🙂

too early

too early to bed
is too early to rise
so instead of sleep
adopt a disguise
of a person quite lively
not sleepy at all
can’t quite stand up?
so lean on this wall
prop up your eyelids
and paint on a smile
quick drink some coffee
we’ll be here for a while
then as soon as the clock
hits a reasonable time
cast off the pretence
up to bed we will climb


Catwalk Sheep


Another shot from our trip to Ynys Hir just over a week ago. This sheep made me laugh – its fleece was all hanging off but it seemed to think it looked beautiful and was posing for me like a catwalk model showing off the latest fashion 🙂



this mixture
of happy but miss-you
of fun times but yearning
my muddled thoughts
and I wish
for our fingers
i n t e r l i n k e d
the simplicity
of our kisses
the touch of your eyes
in the dark



19-IMG_3526-001the world
softly focused
gently soothing
a haze
in my gaze
with a sparkle
and a smile
and a glint
in my eye
every time
you pass by
steal a kiss
and caress
stroke your hair
make a mess
fingers linked
grin reflected
cheeky laugh
now infected
you and me
me and you
smooth blend