Saturday, April 30, 2011
two images from our village life during this very special weekend. All of the food (and much more out of sight) was prepared and provided by local people for free (and eaten) as part of a day long celebration of the great wedding, followed by dancing late into the night (we even have our very own band of ageing but extremely good bad boy rock band, the Mets). The church fete took place the next day and a flower festival was held in the church. Local couples provided images of their wedding day and some 20 women allowed their wedding dresses to be displayed. All in all a beautiful and satisfying time for all.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
the heart suggests this barn at Treven farm (home of Jill and Den Long) was built or rebuilt as part of a marriage settlement (not Jill and Den's I should add). Below is a picture of the stone at the end of the pig barn. It clearly has an ecclesiastical origin but when and where from?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
walking down the woodland path surrounded by ramsons, which in their own way are just as pretty as bluebells. Martins and swallows are around if not quite back. Several started rebuilding the old nests at the front of Orchard House but then left and have not returned (yet). What is going on?
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Bug Watch have asked for sightings of oil beetles (link), and today on a walk along the Inny valley and up through Carthamatha we found this one (male, probably violet species) wandering across the footpath. As the link explains these beetles have the most amazing life cycles. Unfortunately when we tried to submit our sighting the site link broke down.
the lower picture is a better picture of the same species outside our house a few years ago (and qv ). I think they must be quite common around here
Monday, April 18, 2011
this is the variegated form of yellow archangel. Although pretty, it is almost certainly a garden escapee, and in that there are no gardens nearby it is probably the result of people dumping their garden waste at the entrance to Rowden lane (a bridle path in the parish) rather than taking it to a tip. This is also why there are some spanish bluebells on the other side of the lane. They are slowly working their way along the lane and will inevitably displace or hybridise with the extensive beds of native bluebells further down the bridle path. It may seem harmless but this casual thoughtless behaviour is destroying our native flora.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The air in the meadows by the Inny was full of orange tip butterflies today. They are jittery butterflies at the best of times but do settle to feed on mayflower and dandelion. The male's orange wings makes it very conspicuous although it ought to be called a brown tip. The female is much more demure and the underwing is cleverly camouflaged to fit in with meadow grasses.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Friday, April 08, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Fritillaries growing at Cotehele. For one moment I thought they were wild but one of the gardeners told me that they were planted (ours never flowered!). My flower book describes them as being "gregarious in damp meadows" which seems to fit them well. Below are some very large and bold marsh marigolds growing near Cotehele Mill.
Up very early this morning to take some pictures at Cotehele. It was a misty morning and the light was very difficult being both bright and dull! This photo shows Calstock viaduct in the background running across the Tamar, with the magnolia in the gardens at Cotehele just coming into full bloom.
the bridge at Cotehele with crab apple blossom
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Tavata) met at the Arundel Arms (link) for a talk by Mr Fox Edwards, followed by some tuition on the gentle art of fly fishing and a cream tea by Tinhay lake (full of recalcitrant brown trout). Quintessential England. Spot doesn't usually do advertising but the Arundel Arms really is something special.