Tuesday, May 31, 2011

the thrill of the chase, and at the winning post

a day at the races

some very small jockeys (this brave little lass came second in the pony race) and their larger connections.

in the paddock with the trainer

a day at the races

we spent yesterday at the South Tetcott Hunt point to point (see link) Steeplechase at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction with the owner of two of the horses running. It is hard to describe the ambience of these meetings but to me it feels like the essence of rural England, circa 1955, something past, something lost. The still strong rural tribe was out in force and in uniform... 'dedicated follower(s) of fashion'.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

paradise found

the meadows at Greenscoombe are full now of butterfly orchids (the lesser variety) which are slender and have a barely detectable but sweet fragrance. There is in these things a deep sense of joy in having lived at all in this vast cosmos, and to know that one has lived.

for all fellow bloggers these lines from Milton seem very apposite

For who would lose,
Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
Those thoughts that wander through eternity...

Friday, May 27, 2011

the house that martins built

you fly all the way over from Africa, you build a nest out of mud and saliva during the dryest spring in 50 years, you line it with moss and you get ready to lay eggs and then a bunch of scruffy sparrows come and commandeer your living space .... and a gang of 10 of us can't shift one miserable little sparrow. What a bunch of losers! (the little chap on the roof in the bottom photo is a very feisty sparrow, and his mate is going into the nest in the top picture)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

nature's garden

Coming across scenes like this is one of the joys of walking in the woods. I guess many gardeners would love to capture this essence of Nature's random brilliance.

Friday, May 20, 2011

marsh tits

it is becoming increasingly difficult to spot birds as they take advantage of the leaf cover. This is (probably) a marsh tit which prefer deciduous woods, although it could be a willow tit.

green lane

the canopy of leaves is almost complete and once more the lanes have become long green tunnels

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

waiting for the call in Linkinhorne

two images from a walk around the tiny hamlet of Linkinhorne yesterday evening, where things have been very sensibly arranged for parishioners both past and present. This is the church of St Melor, another of the less well known Breton/Cornish saints (usually said and written as Mylor).

Sunday, May 15, 2011

things we saw today - heath fritillary

and cowwheat, with its funny bearded upper lip, and best of all, the rare heath fritillary which feeds on it, out very early this year, especially for our visitor Carletta.

things we saw today - orchids

five species of orchid, marsh orchid (above), both types of butterfly orchid (just emerging), heath spotted orchid (below) and early purple orchid.


things we saw today - May fly

the family name for Mayflies is ephemeroptera, which seems very poetic; I am not sure which species but possibly it is what fishermen call a pond olive.

robin feeding

young robin with characteristic mottled plumage being fed on the ground by a parent. The parent hops into the air to put the seed (in this case, they are usually insectivorous) into the gaping beak.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

three things blue

 wild aquilegia (columbine )

newly emerged damsel fly warming up in the sun

common dor beetle underside showing iridescent metallic blue

Friday, May 06, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

definitely back -the house martins return

a bit later than usual but definitely back for the summer. I think the pair who appeared about two weeks ago and didn't stay were young buyers looking at our house martin des res but couldn't afford the mortgage.

Monday, May 02, 2011