Monday 28 February 2022

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus


Wishing you all

a very happy St David's Day. 


Spring is in the air at last, and we are delighted to have a few miniature daffodils in flower. We also have crocus, hellebore, cyclamen and miniature iris. 



I have spotted one of two queen bumblebees and a hoverfly, and hope it will not be long before I see my first butterfly of 2022. 


The spherical Wasp Spider egg-sac in the photo above rather looks as though it has been predated or come apart, perhaps due to the gales. I hope we will have more Wasp Spiders in the garden this coming summer, but it will be a case of 'wait and see'. 



Thursday 3 February 2022

Hemley and Kirton Creek on the River Deben


Kirton Creek

Last time we visited the village of Hemley, the footpath down to Kirton Creek was closed for maintenance. Last weekend we managed to get a little closer, but were forced to turn back by a waterlogged marsh, almost certainly on account of the combination of a particularly high tide and the storm winds. But we will try again, probably in the summer when the path should be more passable. 

I failed to get a photograph, but it was good to see a Marsh Harrier. These birds were so rare during my teenage years in Norfolk, but are not an uncommon site in this part of the world - if you are in the right habitat.

Across the Deben to the church of St Margaret of Antioch, Shottisham

Looking towards Ramsholt

Curlew overhead

All Saint's, Hemley, Suffolk