Last week the Greens, this week @PAN_UK

We’re all familiar with the roses which struggle on into November. I’ve remembered seeing some back in December in the 90’s and can recall my astonishment at seeing them then: winter roses. Long before I ever started gardening. But this year! For wildflowers to be reflowering in November, when it’s normally freezing – Well niceContinue reading “Last week the Greens, this week @PAN_UK”

Looking for things to be thankful for

in the Natural world around us Last time I wrote I was so…distraught, really, at the state of politics in this country and the world over, what with all the #climatecrisis denying behaviour going on. (As it is still – as if the climate was the only seemingly insolvable problem – a bit daft givenContinue reading “Looking for things to be thankful for”

Decry you die, Give you live

Some musings on Consolation and Desolation in the world of Conservation First up, have to say it has rained very merrily since my last (very recent) post. And also have to say that so fixed was I on the MayDay MayDay theme that I missed the fact the 1st of the month has also fallenContinue reading “Decry you die, Give you live”

St Francis of Assisi I am not

But I would love to be more like him. Giotto’s images of this early saint welcoming birds and conflicting animals (sheep and wolves?) are inspiring, not to say tantalising! To have birds feeding from your hands would be amazing – but then I guess back in medieval times birds might have thought so too, asContinue reading “St Francis of Assisi I am not”

New Year, New Moon

New Beginnings!! Not quite sure what this means exactly – for me, or for the world, but there’s a palpable sense of excitement I’m feeling, for some of the possibilities… Also if I’m honest, for the chance to possibly see those flashing and orange dotted undersides of Smooth Newts again, come February – I can’tContinue reading “New Year, New Moon”

The Butterfly Garden is working

It’s not quite the green open space that I’d dreamed of but my little town garden has seen many more butterfly visitors this year… May was too cold, June was quiet but July! In July when the Buddleias finally came into flower, they were covered daily with 4 or 5 Peacocks and Red Admirals. WereContinue reading “The Butterfly Garden is working”

“We do what we can”

Since mentioning in my last blog this government’s allowing lowering of food standards (since break with EU) meaning such awful stuff as chlorinated (and diseased) chicken about to be made available for sale from non European countries (such as USA) I’d like to redress the balance a bit… Despite our Govt’s deliberate failure to protectContinue reading ““We do what we can””

The wildlife pond has a leak

The original wildlife pond in my garden was just an upturned black plastic bin lid – and didn’t leak. There again, neither did it have any detectable wildlife in it…Hence Wildlife Pond V2 – which came into existence yesterday. It too has black plastic (doesn’t seem any getting around that) liner, but also has veryContinue reading “The wildlife pond has a leak”