Butcher broom, and Penduline tit

Butchers broom in Lark Wood near Kineton in Gloucestershire???…

No….. well we did not find any.   OK you may wonder why, but I wanted some photos because at this time of year they are in flower. Tiny flowers but in flower and I wanted to get a photo of some. I had found a SSSI report that said they were in Lark Wood in the Cotswolds so we went there and it was muddy and cold and we walked and walked, there was a little stream and and a ford with a foot bridge and we saw a Little Egret..


We saw quite a lot of Laurel Spurge but no Butchers Broom.

On the way back we stopped of at Plocks Court in Gloucester to see the Penduline Tit. There was a small group of Birdo’s some with huge lenses and the guy with the longest lens and thus the main  man  showed me where the Tit was and it immediately flew  from that point to somewhere else and I saw a flash of small bird and so I said OK I have spotted it and Mr Man said yes and that brings my bird count for the year to 163.    One Hundred and Sixty three!!!!  and I have seen about 30 so far… That is why he was Mr Man and had a huge …… lens.

I hung  about after every one else had left and saw a small bird flitting about….. several times and each time it was not a Penduline Tit. It was a Stonechat.

If you are wondering why I wanted a photo of Butchers Broom in the first place, the reason is another blog about.

   Woodland Wildflowers.

Do click the link and have a look, also if anyone knows where I can see some  Butchers Broom in the Gloucestershire/Monmouthshire area please let me know. I am also looking for some Stinking Hellebore.


Flowers from Siberia and Mongolia

I was looking through some old photos looking for pictures of the Siberian forests,  I found a few but I also came across these photos I took of some of the wild flowers….. These were taken with my first digital camera and little point and shoot Olympus.



So why do I need a sophisticated Canon 6D and a 105mm macro lens?

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mmm Sorry I do not have names for them.

Christmas past and present.

Today it was tree decorating day …… the tree this year is one from a batch of Norway Spruce that I purchased earlier in the year. I bought 25 young trees all about 30cm high and planted 24 of them in our wood. Something decided to prune them back for me, probably squirrels but maybe rabbits. They are still alive but not that good a shape. However one I planted in a large pot and it is now about 100cm high. So this is our little tree for this year.

Decorations are quite mixed, we have one string of blue lights but we also have some baubles and decorations dating back to my youth so about 60 years old. Probably the oldest are some plastic snow flakes and a plastic icicle. 

Back in the 1950’s when these were purchased by my Father the plastic stuff was more desirable than the old fashioned glass balls.





We did however have some glass balls and they were kept in little cardboard boxes and some were in egg boxes.   My Father was never that keen on Christmas so that may explain the writing on the box  ‘Xmas Balls’.

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The glass balls were wrapped in newspaper at the end of Christmas and the paper has been used every year since. You can see that this piece dates back to 1960.

The only interesting bit of news on these scraps of old paper is a reference to a footballer, ‘a young England hopeful called Bobby Moore. Also look at the transfer fee of £25,000.

We also have other decorations from the past but some are a bit newer, the newest is the angel which comes from Mozambique and was brought back by Caroline a year ago.







Surrounding the tree are other memories from the past, the little cardboard Christmas tree was made by John when in Infant school and the toilet roll Father Christmases are newer and made by Grandchildren Alex and Freya.

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So there it all is and this is the final creation.