I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


Friday letters – the final April edition

Dear birds,  It will be very noisy and busy in our garden for a while today when the tree surgeons are cutting back the silver birch tree but bear with it and service will be back to normal before long and the bird feeders will be returned to their positions (I have given particular instructions that the lower branches are left in place for that very purpose).

Dear slugs,  I have just read that there is going to be an explosion in  your population.  Apparently the wet summer last year followed by one of the mildest winters on record has helped to create a generation of you who haven’t hibernated but have spent the winter months eating and breeding. Can I politely request that you take yourselves off somewhere else and do your remaining eating and breeding there?  With the possibility of you laying 200 eggs per cubic metre, and there probably being thousands of you in my garden already, I would say that I have got more than enough of you thank you very much. 

Dear hedgehogs, Now would be a really good time to find my garden.  There are going to be hundreds of slugs – a veritable feast for you.  Bring your friends, and any toads or newts that you  meet on the way and you can all have a slug feast.

Dear orchids,  Why did you all look so beautiful and tempting in the Garden Centre yesterday?  I really didn’t need one, but I have to say you do look rather nice now that I have brought you home.

Dear readers,  Would you like to see another bluebell photo?  Yes?  Here it is…


Happy Friday everyone!


A successful search for bluebells

It turned out that I was a bit premature in my hunt for bluebells in the woods a few weeks ago, but I went back last week and this time the display was superb.  Not only was the display of blooms wonderful, but so was the smell.  I don’t remember noticing a smell in previous years, but this time it was really quite strong.  Perhaps it’s something that happens when they are only just in bloom and as the days pass the smell reduces – I’m planning a return visit very soon, so I’ll find out.

As I was heading for the bluebells there were lots of birds flying between the trees, or hopping in the undergrowth by the side of the path.  I wasn’t quick enough with my camera to capture most of them, however I did manage to get these two.

Nearly there now

My first glimpse

bluebell wood

Then everywhere I looked there were bluebells.

Oh, and over here there were some more…

At one point I could hear an insistent tapping sound so I stopped and looked round and spotted this hole about 10 feet up a tree.  The woodpecker inside it was obviously very busy.

woodpecker hole

Heading away from the bluebells and out of the woods, I stopped to take a photo of the beautiful blue sky, and was passed by a man and his friendly dog.

The canal lock and bridge were just visible through the branches, but in a few more weeks the leaves will be out and this particular view will have disappeared.


At the end of my walk I spotted a little bridge over the river that I don’t remember seeing before, so I think some trees or bushes must have been cut down.

river bridgeSo there we have it – a search that turned out to be very successful indeed this time!


Garden photography April: macros in the garden #4

Birch catkins, St Mary’s College Quadrangle, St Andrews.


The next photo is a Himalayan Birch, from the same gardens.


Separate male and female catkins open before or with the leaves in spring, and it looks like the aphids aren’t wasting a moment…

This post is linking up with The Earth Laughs in Flowers .


Friday letters – the bluebell edition

Dear motorways, Thank you for your cooperation on my drive south on Tuesday – no incidents and no hold ups through the roadworks.

Dear soup,  Where would we be without you?  You are such a multi-tasking food – warming, filling, tasty, quick to make etc etc.

Dear birds, I’m sorry that you ran out of food yesterday.  It was very remiss of me to let the feeders run down so low. As soon as I have finished these letters I will be out there replenishing them.

Dear bluebells, At last!  It was excellent to go for a walk in the woods this week and find you well and truly on your way to making a magnificent spectacle.


Happy Friday everyone!


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