One swallow does not make a Summer

so the saying goes.Well I reckon Summer is upon us as the swallows have been with us for a couple of weeks now and the nest building is about complete. But before the swallows came the swifts … It was amazing to watch a dozen or more birds flying and swooping around the house, checking…

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After Storm Dennis come the daffodils

Our daffodils were ready to emerge into a brave new world only to be confronted by storm Ciara, followed closely by Dennis.They decided they were fed up waiting and came out anyway. A few lost their heads, but most are fit and well and basking in today’s sunshine. While photographing the daffodils a couple of…

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Spring coming earlier: why gardeners should be mindful

January is still with us, February only beckons; Spring is many weeks away. Problem is, these are just arbitrary words and we should be mindful that they are terms that Nature does not recognise. For many, Spring is the time of re-birth and regeneration as the earth sheds its Winter cloak and assumes a bright…

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Snowdrops springing up

The magic of nature We’ve had morning frosts that have crackled the grass underfoot.Howling winds that have blown branches from trees.Rain and sleet that have lashed at windows. Underground, and totally unaware of the mayhem above, delicate snowdrops plan their escape.Unaware that their fragility is no match for the ice-hard earth, they emerge.Unaware that bitter…

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