Autumn inside and out

Reaching the last days of October and Autumn’s grip is keenly felt now. Doors and windows have been left unopened in order to keep out chill winds. Blankets and layers of clothes carefully tucked into each other have been used to prevent the inevitable onset of central heating season. Protected against the elements, I’ve been … More Autumn inside and out

up & out

It’s been  a year of nature books so far. I’m currently reading some fine non-fiction, ‘Dip‘ by Andrew Fusek Peters. His short tales of wild swimming, exploring local landscapes and the consolations of nature are balm to a busy soul, a way to infuse the working week with the great outdoors. It’s even proven to … More up & out

spring arrives

The hints have been here for weeks now, but the true marker of the arrival of spring must be whether you are willing to sit outside for a picnic. Thankfully, that time arrived while Bryony & I were both still on holiday. Newtown has proven to be the perfect destination for the newest member of our … More spring arrives

Visiting the Reds

With the weather warming, the bike has been emerging from its winter hibernation on a more regular basis. Saturday last, I headed straight down the cycle path to one of my favourite Island spots, Alverstone Mead. I only discovered these beautiful acres a while ago, but have been a regular visitor since. It feels like a … More Visiting the Reds

bombus

I recently read a throughly erudite and entertaining account of the lives of Bombus, the much loved bumble bee. I’m not the first and certainly won’t be the last to sing the praises of the teddy bear of the insect world. The familiar drone or a lazy flight across my sight line will always prompt me … More bombus