Some decades ago, my folks were planning their garden; a friend of the family who happened to be an old gardener recommended two things: a mahonia bush and a snake-bark maple. The latter is gone but the mahonia remains, decades on. Everywhere I consider home has had at least one mahonia – it’s a measure […]
It was a pretty decent red sunset but seeing polar stratospheric (nacreous) clouds for the first time is the icing on the cake. Awesomely beautiful. According to wikipedia, polar stratospheric clouds are clouds in the winter polar stratosphere at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 meters (49,000–82,000 ft). They are best observed during civil twilight when the sun is […]
The first thing I did on buying a new house in November was to have solar panels installed. Like, within 24hrs of having keys in hand I’d had two companies round to try and sell me their wares and made a decision. The installation was not the easiest, as December 4 coincided with Storm Desmond […]
There’s something a bit romantic about the cosiness of suburban streets in the fog.
A hedgehog living in the parents’ garden – a delightful honour to see the wee thing strolling around of an evening, chomping on the crunchy food left out. Yay hedgie!!
Detail of raindrops on a collection of sweet pea flower petals.
Some of the first apples beginning to form on a tree in the garden.
Can anyone identify a flower?
Ferns in the garden
A couple of days ago the shed door started coming off its hinges altogether in ordinary use – the wood underlying the screws had rotten away. This afternoon, we burned the whole thing – and a great bonfire it made, too, with the roofing felt melting, burning, exuding a thick black smoke (fortunately not for […]