Red Border And A Controversial Comment

View down the double red borders at Hidcote

My laptop still being away, and most of my pictures with it, I’ve dug deep into my archives for this submission for HeyJude’s Life In Colour Challenge.

I’m not taking a leaf out of Jude’s book by suggesting you count all the reds you can see. For more pictures, check out my post about Hidcote Manor’s famous border.

I hadn’t been blogging for very long when I wrote that post and was unsure how to respond when it attracted a lengthy, poorly spelled comment, purporting to be from an indignant aristocrat. It’s one of the strangest comments I’ve had, including those bizarre spam ones we are blessed that Akismet catches. Continue reading “Red Border And A Controversial Comment”

Insect hotels

Home for insects at the Dorothy Clive Garden

I signed up for 30 Days Wild and I’m sharing my pictures of insect hotels (also called bug condos) as a Random Act of Wildness. These imaginative homes for insects are a practical way to help the environment and bring grownups and kids closer to nature.

Insect hotel (detail)

An insect hotel is packed with materials that create holes of different sizes, offering shelter for a wide range of creatures. Talk about consumer choice! ‘Would you prefer a roomy kingsize or snug single, Mr Solitary Bee? You’ll find a buffet breakfast in the meadow on the ground floor.’ Continue reading “Insect hotels”

My morning honey, crinums, hives and carpenter bees

Bee hives in a wildflower meadow

I stir a little honey in my coffee each morning and firmly believe it’s much better for me than sugar (please don’t break the illusion!). It’s sweeter and tastier, so I use less.

I’ve recently sipped my way through a special jar of crinum honey, made by bees lucky enough to  forage in idyllic surroundings on the crop of crinum lilies that flourish almost at their hive legs at Jenks Farmer’s flower farm. Thanks Tom and Jenks! Continue reading “My morning honey, crinums, hives and carpenter bees”