Martin Down June 8th


Greater butterfly orchids everywhere!

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a few little clusters of Burnt Tip Orchids, very special to see these.


The other highlight of the day was this little Whitethroat, and hopefully I mastered their alarm call and their song. We ll see how long I can remember and identify!



My garden in June


Little Robbie!  I love him or her! Comes often, I have sunflower hearts in my pocket at all times!

Very Special.



Lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine

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and sometimes, a barn owl flies past me, so exciting, quietly zig zagging across the grass looking for voles.

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slightly zoomed in.   Only with my phone but at least I captured the moment!


Then a bit later, little Hedgie comes for his supper!  This is a regular visitor, I put out a few dry hedgehog pellets, which he munches noisily and slowly.



I found this mushroom growing in the lawn. there are many little ones of different sorts and sizes, but this one looked edible and was about 10 centimetres across. It smelt nice, was pink underneath and peeled so I ate it for supper and it tasted delicious.

My Garden in May


A Broad Bodied Chaser flying around the pond, I think she was a female because she stopped and settled sometimes, as though she was thinking about laying eggs.  The males wiz about faster and don’t stop as much, they are looking for females.


Mildred seems to be alone these days,  maybe she is just too old to produce eggs.  She chases off the males and enjoys the pond to herself.  Also hangs around under the feeder hoping for a few sunflower hearts on the grass.


Jakey makes fleeting visits, never stays long. Seems at home in the rain, he is very handsome and not afraid of me!


This little moorhen is incredibly shy, this is taken through the kitchen window.

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A male bullfinch on the lawn eating the dandelion seeds.  There is a pair around, I see them and hear them often.

May 31st

A lovely walk on the north coast of Cornwall,  actually from Mawgan Porth to Porthcothan, where we stopped for a little bit of lunch and then wandered back.

The views were wonderful and so were the flowers, I enjoyed all the thrift and these Cornish Gladiolus.  Sunshine was amazing!