Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Going Home

I had to work late yesterday, with my last meeting ending at 20.30.  As I drove home the sun was setting across the estuary, and despite the long day all was good in the world as I realised, that at long last I'm right where I want to be.  Way out west where the sun sets.  There's a place in the world for everyone - it just takes a while to get there sometimes.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

May Bee Walk

A fantastic warm Spring day today perfect for our May Bee Walk.  Starting in the middle of the day the conditions were perfect for bees coming out of hibernation:  the weather was warm, sunny, and windless, and at long last there's a good range of  plants and flowers emerging so I was very hopeful that today there would be more bees - and there were, compared to March (no bees) and the single figures of April - but still only 13.    One of that 13 though was the biggest, most beautiful Red-tailed Queen which cheered me up no end. 
The photos tell more of the story:

I think given another few days of warm weather and the bees will be doing just fine - lets hope so. 

Monday, 13 May 2013

Summer was last week

Well, this weekend was characterised by rain.  Sheets of rain.  Cold rain.  Things are happening though.  The carrots and the aubergines have germinated and the leeks seem to have taken nicely. The raised vegetable bed is beginning to look more used with the herbs adding a touch of green to the expanse of empty soil.  Our Winter Nellis Pear, a year older than the other trees we have planted is in blossom, and the Wisteria is in flower.
Still not many bees in the garden, due I think to the rain as there is plenty of fruit blossom about.  but, the valley has sprung into life over the past two weeks and everywhere you look is green green green!

Last weekend was glorious and we walked up into the woods above the house to see how the bluebells are doing; at the time they weren't out very much but it was still so beautiful up there: