This crow is now a regular visitor, and I am hoping he does not scare
off my smaller birds. I am glad he stays at the top of trees and roofs,
and not down in my garden. He spends a lot of time cawing.
The first Oriental Poppy came out today. The buds burst open when it is
sunny. You have to be quick with the camera as the bud cases pop open
and fall off without any warning.
We went back to Polhill Garden Centre and saw the big Koi fish again.
Back home, we continue digging up the new garden path. It is a real mess
at the moment.
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This looked like a stone pot with a hollow hole. It was not a Roman pot,
though, only the concrete lump for an old washing line post that was
here long before we came to live here. We put all the rubble down for
the new path and stamped it all down with the big sledge hammer and then
filled in the gaps with a dry cement mix. When it had all fallen down
the gaps, we watered it in carefully, which helped it go down further.
This Common Blue butterfly was enjoying something tasty from the
building sand. Another one came another day and found something tasty on
an old cement and sand spattered shoe. We think they may be licking
something salty from the sand.
I really enjoy puzzles and it was my job to decide where all the crazy
fitted. It looked really good when it was all mortared in and flat.
My pond decorated with petals blown down from the hawthorn tree.
We have a pair of collared doves who like to sit and rest in a nearby
tree. They are very shy but sometimes they come down to the lawn or the
birdbath for a drink. I was
very pleased to at last get a good photo, by hiding behind the kitchen curtains with
I needed to clip this brown part of a old shrub, but these spiderlings have
taken up residence, so I had to clip round them! When they are gone, I
will have to come back and finish it off. If you bump into
the shrub, the spiderlings all go walking in different directions and
then later on come back together. Our sparrows like to sit inside this
bush that is growing up the fence, where they can watch everything
without being seen. When I see branches suddenly moving on their own, I
know a sparrow is hopping about inside, so they are not so hidden after
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I left this patch of buttercups in a corner of the garden as they looked
so good, but they have to come out before they seed themselves. I picked
them all and put them in a jar, and later on I will dig out the plants.
They spread too much to be allowed to stay. After a hard day's
gardening, I enjoyed seeing the Trooping of the Colour in the evening.
It is held in the big open arena in Horseguards Parade in Central
London. Here is the Queen in her special seat watching it all. I am very
glad she has a special glass canopy over the podium in case it rains.
All the horses are very smart and perfectly behaved. Two big shire
horses carry the kettle drums and have been trained to ignore the bangs.
It is really interesting when the soldiers change direction. Here they
are marching in single file to make a turn at the corner of the arena.
At the end the Red Arrows flying team zoom in over Buckingham Palace in
V formation with their smoke trails in red, white and blue.
The wood pigeon had a good soak in the birdbath and here he is wondering
whether the camera at the kitchen window is a threat or not! The
spiderlings have all left the bush and now we have been able to remove
it. We have been clipping it into a blob shape for many years but it was
getting a bit ragged and too wide for the new path next to it. After so
many years of careful cutting to shape, it seemed to disappear very
quickly. We have another beautiful yellowy bush waiting to go in the
Our friends the pidgies were caught unawares, eating the blossoms from
my hawthorn trees. I think they only had a few. Maybe it's their idea of
salad or sweets!
This picture really shows up the moorhen's bright red beak, mainly
because it is against the dull green of the weed in the clear water.
These are the pylons in Pedham Place field, and they always look as if
they are about to walk over the countryside. When the weather is wet
here, you can hear the electricity lines buzzing as they lose power to
the air. I really like the long grasses and wild flowers here, all
waving in the wind and full of interesting wildlife.
Today I went with
Auntie Freda to an exhibition for people with not good sight, and we got
this writing frame. The black lines are made of elastic which zigzags
left and right over the lugs on the frame. You open up the front of the
frame, put a sheet of writing paper in and then close the two parts. It
helps people write in a straight line, and with the bendy elastic you
can still write the ups and downs of the letters. It was a very
interesting exhibition with magnifiers, talking newspapers and computers
that read to you. I was ready for a piece of Auntie Freda's delicious
ginger cake when we got back.
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Today my wheelie bin stickers arrived. The picture I have chosen is lots
of beech leaves, and I am going to put it on some storage boxes so that
they become invisible in the garden. Later on we went out to the garden
centre. There were strawberry plants on sale and one of the strawberries had fallen
into this tub pond, looking just like a short fat goldfish.
We walked back along the river. They have mended this lovely bridge,
with new steel arch, shiny black railings and wooden slats. It is much
better than the old one. Brown Teddy likes to stay here for a while and
look at the things floating down the river, mainly twigs and bits of
Over the bridge are the riverside gardens, which are greenery rather than
flower gardens. This tree was growing sideways and lots of the others
lean over as well. It is not broken, so I did not have to report it and I decided it
was safe to walk underneath. This huge leaf must have been over a metre
I am looking for pigeons with special markings, but Blackie here has no
markings at all. I think he will be very safe because he can't be seen
when he sits in the shadows. The other pigeons were sleeping on a long
branch that is lying over the river. They can sit quite low down - near
any bread that appears - without being in any danger from people or
Back home our regular bold cheeky sparrow immediately flew up to the
kitchen window as soon as we got in. He is very energetic and swoops
down to be the first to get the food. This young blackbird is staying
around the garden, as it has lots of bushes and hiding places, but
eventually he will be roaming further away for his dinners.
Today was rainy and we went through the park on the way to the shops.
This baby moorhen looks a bit bedraggled but he is used to living in the
wet all the time. He would be a lot more handsome if he had some
feathers on his head, though.
I have loads of bees in my garden. These are on my pink deutzia, a
double white deutzia and lastly on a big clump of campanula. Some people
don't like bees buzzing around, but I have found that they are only
interested in the flowers. That
means I can get very close with the camera and they take no notice at
all. But I did have a lot of wasted pictures where the bees flew away
before the camera could click.
We have finished the concrete base for the new greenhouse and now we
only have to wait until it is delivered and put up. I have got the big
pots all ready for some new plants that will go along the side edge.
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