Tag Archives: nature

Harvest time (at last)

The wet and cold weather we had throughout the spring meant that all our crops were late this year. But all that water is certainly paying off now. My husband dusted off the communal combine harvester yesterday and started on … Continue reading

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Anyone for a swim?

I apologise for the title of this post if it’s a bit misleading. Because even on the hottest days, I never get any further than dipping my feet into most of these lakes. I’d love to swim, but the problem … Continue reading

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Bees and lavender

I’ve always had a penchant for bees….. ..and lavender is one of my favourite plants. And luckily there are plenty of both here at the moment. And the good thing about bees, is that they wait quite patiently while you … Continue reading

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Close encounters of the wild boar kind

The crashing in the undergrowth was accompanied by a lot snorting, squealing and excited barking. I’d already taken cover behind the biggest tree I could find at such short notice, but it had the diameter of a saucer and  I now … Continue reading

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Extremely rare flowers in the Alps?

The other morning, I decided to take some macro photos of the tiny Alpine flowers that seem to be growing everywhere at the moment. But when I got back to the house and looked through my photos, I discovered that all I … Continue reading

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My other life

By day, I’m an office manager. By night… …when no-one else is around to do it, I pick up my shepherd’s crook and do my best to bring this lot back to the sheep barn. My first difficulty is actually finding … Continue reading

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How (not) to photograph butterflies

Stage 1 : Follow butterfly 300 yards backwards and forwards across field. Climb over electric fence to next field avoiding electrocution if possible. Clamber back over fence when butterfly decides the grass is greener in first field. Stage 2: When butterfly alights on … Continue reading

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