Photographing butterflies

Last week was a short week at work for me as I had the day off (and a pressing engagement) on Friday with some tropical butterflies at RHS Wisley! I was on a macro photography course with insect photographer extraordinaire Adrian Davies. The course took place in the morning where we were allowed 2 hours Read more about Photographing butterflies[…]

Volunteering with BCT at Gardeners World Live

Yesterday I headed to the NEC in Birmingham to volunteer with the fantastic Bat Conservation Trust. I was one of the volunteers manning the stall for Gardeners World Live which was a massive and very colourful event: But it wasn’t all about the pretty flowers. Over on the Bat Conservation stand we were talking about Read more about Volunteering with BCT at Gardeners World Live[…]

Beefest & Chris Packham

Saturday saw me heading to the beautiful Oxford Museum of Natural History (with added swifts in the above pic). first on the agenda was the Friends of The Earth Organized Bee Fest which saw lots of local bee stakeholders come together to share ideas on how to save the bees. After the discussions were over Read more about Beefest & Chris Packham[…]

A wander to Worton Organic Garden

In my diary I keep a list of local places I’d quite like to visit. This Saturday we didn’t have any fixed plans and the sun was shining so we headed off to explore Worton Organic Garden. The farm is hidden away near some stables & well off the beaten track. There is a restaurant Read more about A wander to Worton Organic Garden[…]

Terrarium fun for Sian

My friend Sian has her birthday in January which gave me the whole of the Christmas holidays to decide what to get/make for her. We share a mutual love of gardening & when visiting our house Sian had commented on the many succulents that line the windowsills here. I love succulents, they are pretty, easy Read more about Terrarium fun for Sian[…]

Harcourt arboretum

During the day of all Hallows eve myself and Friend Sian took our ‘proper cameras’ (the ones you have to manually fiddle with before you take the shot) to Harcourt Arboretum to visit the trees and hopefully catch a bit of the magic of the season on film. These are the results: As you can Read more about Harcourt arboretum[…]

A hoggie invasion

Last Sunday I shut the hens away a little later than usual and became aware of a rustling in the undergrowth by the run. On closer inspection we found this little fellow trying to get into the run to eat the girls meallyworms. The next day I went into our local pet shop for some Read more about A hoggie invasion[…]

Birthday times

It was my birthday this week and if I’m honest it was probably the oddest birthday I’ve had in a while! Jam was diagnosed with shingles last week and promptly excluded from work until he was better, I was fairly sure I hadn’t got shingles but had to cancel quite a few birthday plans ‘just Read more about Birthday times[…]

Green & gorgeous (flower farm) and sculptural setting (Bothy Vineyard) with Sian

I first met Sian when I was running late for work one day, the reason I was late is that I had forgotten some houseplants I had promised one of my colleagues and so had run back to get them and ended up on a later bus than usual. Although this in the short term Read more about Green & gorgeous (flower farm) and sculptural setting (Bothy Vineyard) with Sian[…]