Thursday, 13 May 2021
Monday, 10 May 2021
P.S. Thanks to the kind (and knowledgeable) folk on iSpot, it seems this is a Nomada/Nomad bee, possibly a female marshamella.
Sunday, 9 May 2021
|Wheatear, there were several in evidence today|
We have had a couple of visits to the sea recently, which have been such a joy after all the long winter months of shielding at home.
The beach at Landguard (Felixstowe) is partly nature reserve, and there are currently large swathes of fenced-off areas to allow species such as Ringed Plover to breed without disturbance. We saw a number of these beautiful birds from a distance. There was also a sizeable flock of Linnets.
We looked hard for seals this afternoon, but failed to see any. However, there was one in evidence on our previous visit (see further down).
I hope we will have the chance to visit this bit of coast more frequently now that restrictions are lifting. How I have missed the sea!
Thursday, 6 May 2021
|Littoral Press, £8.50|
Those who follow my blog posts, and perhaps particularly this one,
will know that (in normal times) I enjoy watching Puffins as they move
about on and off our coastal cliffs. I am thrilled to have one of my
Puffin photographs on the cover of Neil Leadbeater's new poetry collection, published by Mervyn Linford of Littoral Press.
David and I met Neil back in 2011 as fellow participants at Swansea's
First International Festival of Poetry, organised by Peter Thabit Jones
of The Seventh Quarry Press (Swansea) with Stanley H. Barkan of Cross-Cultural Communications (New York).
This fine collection includes poems rooted in a variety of rural (e.g. Tarr Steps), coastal (e.g. Aldeburgh) and urban (e.g. Port of Tyne) landscapes. A compelling sense of musicality pervades much of Neil's work, aided and abetted by a sprinkling of alliterations and allusions. I have been particularly enjoying the poem sequences ... and the Puffin poem, of course!
P.S. This has also been posted on my Poetry and Writing blog since the subject was relevant to both.
Monday, 3 May 2021
|Two more flowers for the list ...|
My fledgling list of wildflowers seen in the garden ...
1. Daisy (20 February)
2. Violet (18 March)
3. Chickweed (19 March)
4. Dandelion (19 March)
5. Herb Robert (9 April)
6. Red Valerian (29 March)
7. Goosegrass (with tiny white flowers) (21 May)
8. Buttercup (21 May)
9. Red Dead Nettle (21 May)
10. Common Storksbill (24 May)
11. Red Clover (25 May)
I am finding it a bit of a challenge to distinguish between the wild 'weeds' and the wild 'flowers'. We have nettles
and goosegrass growing at the moment; but since these do not have obvious flowers, I have not counted them. We also have a stalk of Aquilegia, and having read this page, I am wondering whether it ought to be included since it seems it is not the 'garden escape' I asssumed it to be, but rather a British wildflower that has become domesticated!