first a rook, and then this jackdaw, settled on the stump of an old apple tree, and tore off small strips of wood. What for?
We have also been busy, hence lack of regular blogging. Spot has discovered a very wonderful site for any one who takes photos and wants to bring them together in book form. Blurb. Cannot get Blurb badge to work on this blog page but this is the link to our books, and to the Blurb site. The amount of work going on all over the planet is unbelievable. We are going to use the book of photos of Stoke Climsland as our contribution to the church fete raffle (written under Spot's nom de plume). Buy lots of tickets!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
tipless Harriet, her beauty forever spoilt, hiding her sorrows in a bluebell glade near Carthamartha. And no, the colours aren't quite right but we will keep trying. The lower photograph is fairly close to what the eye perceives.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
the innermost secrets of the marsh violet laid bare. The marsh violet is not a common plant locally, but grows beside just one small, but clean stream. Patchy distribution like this always puzzles me, especially where the plant can be found every year but never seems to spread.
Tara kindly pointed out that this image reminded her of Georgia O'Keefe, of whom I am afraid to admit we had never heard or seen (parochial, us folk in Cornwall? never!), this link is to her picture images on Google, they are well worth looking at.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
and of course, bluebells. There is something difficult about photographing bluebells, and they never look quite right. Maybe we need an ultraviolet filter or something. Nevertheless, we shall go in search of the perfect bluebell picture.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
eleven days earlier than last year. It is always heart warming to see the swallows return from their holidays in South Africa. Our family of house martins have not arrived yet, but I am sure they are on their way. I wonder if martins always nest in the same place or whether their off spring come back to the same place.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
and a very enjoyable day it was too (link to their web page), especially for Charlie, 23 month old descendant of Spot's secretary, arriving as we did by steam train (Launceston Steam Railway, see link, and blog archive)
to be met by peacocks, who, of course, were soon eating out of his hand.
On a sunny day Cornwall is fun!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
everything in the Orchard estate is pink now, including this beautiful, if slightly tardy camellia.Apparently the name is derived from Kamel, a Moravian Jesuit, who discovered them in the Philippines (although I doubt the inhabitants of those islands ignored them completely).
Harriet's top tip for the day, don't mess with Spot's frisbee. Bandaging by the boss. Predicted time for bandage remaining on head :- 2 minutes. Actual time 2 minutes 15 seconds.
tip of ear is now missing. The question is, who has eaten it?
Sunday, April 05, 2009
I thought for a moment that this was an osprey returning from the Middle East for the summer. It looked very pale for a buzzard, and unlike most buzzards did not fly off when it realised we were taking a close interest in it. However, on close inspection it lacks the white forehead of the osprey, and it must be a large fluffy, probably young, buzzard warming itself in the early morning sun.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
it has been a very sunny day and the celandines were all out on the verge leading into the village. The building on the left is the site of the old village pub (Half Moon cottages now). In the background is the war memorial, the bell tower of the old school, and on the right, in need of a lick of paint, our village social club.
In early Spring there are no leaves on the trees and shrubs to obscure the view from the end of our land, so the church is framed by primroses and celandines in the foreground, and a purple splash of aubretia in the mid ground