Friday, November 30, 2012

unseen view

Our village glimpsed through the few trees left from the great larch cull along the side of the road running into the village. The flash of orange is caused by the morning sun shining on the ends of the larch logs.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

moon over

The full moon this evening rising over Trecombe woods. This little cottage is between Downhouse and Upcott and has appeared on this blog before (see link).

snowy waxcaps

not snowy but damp enough for these common and edible mushrooms to appear in our paddock. Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case, another mushroom Ivory Funnel, grows in much the same places and is similar but extremely poisonous, so we won't be having them for breakfast.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


the turbulent Tamar at Horsebridge today. It is already breaking its banks and if it rains as much as is forecast tonight it will flood tomorrow. It is a powerful force when in spate.


This is a view I never wanted to see. Our village was surrounded by conifer plantations and mixed deciduous woods. Suddenly we have a new view of the village through the woods especially at night driving home. This is because the larch trees have been cut down. They are the host of a fungus, phytophthorum ramorum (see link), that has suddenly become rampant and is killing trees. It is a threat to our native oak, and the removal of larch is part of a scorched earth policy to prevent its spread. Unfortunately we are also at the beginning of an epidemic of fungal disease in our ash trees. We have lost 90% of all our elms, and there are threats to horse chestnuts and other trees (see link). Perhaps mother Earth is trying to shrug us off, or maybe we should stop importing all foreign plant species just to make money.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


a panoramic view of the village of Venterdon, looking North, with Spot's house behind the big cedar tree in the middle. And just for a bit of colour, a bird's eye view of our Rowan tree.


and in sight of the Temple a flock of gregarious redwings, winter visitors from Scandinavia and other colder climes. They have  red flashes on their sides and a distinctive creamy streak above the eye.

the Temple of Diana

the huntress caught watching over the Temple
(at which you can come and stay for a weekend see link and we would come and visit you!).

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Burell farm 3

and Summer out for a gallop chasing a rainbow

Burell farm 2

dogs, cats, doves....

Burell farm near Trematon

 At Burell farm today where a friend keeps some horses. It is the site of an old tudor house, now in ruins, and its origins go back to William the Conqueror. The yard is full of animals large and small.