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Really, I should just give them their own sets of keys…

Another month, another apology for my absence, especially to all those blogs to which I subscribe. I do get some of your posts on my phone and have enjoyed reading them, making a note to self to drop a like or a comment by, but obviously to no avail. I plead a writing commitment, that … Continue reading

Of poop and petals

First the petals… Our garden is filled, front to back and side to side, with snow drops this time of year, starting in February. February 2 if this old rhyme is anything to go by- The Snowdrop, in purest white array First rears her head on Candlemas. Candlemas is the celebration of Christ’s presentation to … Continue reading

Counting Blessings (2): hogs, hawks, and bees

We’ve had many blessings in the garden this year, and have learned of many more in the world at large. Firstly, closer to home: Hedgehogs We began with one, but numbers on any one evening reached five and of all different sizes. Some were bolder, not ready to relinquish the food even at our approach. … Continue reading

Counting Blessings (1): a Christmas Cracker Riddle

A post of odds and ends for the end of the year, for my own notes and perhaps of interest to readers as well. The second Counting Blessings post, that is. But first a riddle:  what do the following things have in common?         …all to be found in our garage that … Continue reading

And a partridge in a pear tree…autumn version

(warning hedgehog scene below some viewers may find downright disgusting) Ok, so not a partridge and not Christmas, but the list of gifts for autumn that Nature gave to me: 1 rat scrounging, 2 mices hiding (badly), 2 sparrowhawks bathing, and–you guessed it–2 hedgehogs cadging…worms…a place to sleep…dried bugs. and God knows how many moles … Continue reading

If there had been tumbleweeds…

…I wouldn’t have been surprised. I’m talking about our latest bee inspection. There were high points (our first ‘considerable’ honey grab) and low points (the tumbleweeds). But there were a few gifts as well… Bee inspection: First Hive This bee inspection took place during the first half of July. We had admittedly left some time between … Continue reading

Spring has sprang

  We’ve had the first batch of babies through here: baby Great Tits and Blue Tits (who together form a gang which dominates the airwaves and the feeders); baby starlings (ditto); baby sparrows (babies well-behaved, it’s the adults that are little highway bandits with the bird food, especially worms); baby squirrels; baby magpies; one baby … Continue reading

Hundreds of weddings and and most likely that many funerals….

As usual behind with posts because so much is going on with the wild life in the garden. I will start in this post with the animals, the after waiting a respectable time (and for the 4th un-swarm to decide whether it is actually going to swarm) post about the bee happenings. They have been … Continue reading

Hiving the Bees

Just in case you need some inspiration at the beginning of the most active part of the beekeeping year…. I like the impression created here that swarming is part of beekeeping and not the disaster some beekeepers make of it. I also like the enticement she uses, no, not to attract Troy, but to attract … Continue reading

Oh, and the bees showed up…

Yes, I admit that the blog lately, when I have had a moment to write a post or two, has been mostly about our lodger, Cheryl.  You can’t blame us though as she has been our constant companion during these winter months (along with the birds).  And she does have her moments, like this one … Continue reading

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