Wednesday 31 August 2016


For the last few summers I have spent hours picking my way through the nettle patches on our land and finding a rich and varied stock of insects but this year they are barren.  Perhaps the ducks who spend a lot of time grazing there have eaten them all?

This summer I will have to make do with  a nettle leaf.......


Friday 26 August 2016


The gills of a fungi I found in Slaley Forest a few weeks ago.


Thursday 25 August 2016

Saturday 20 August 2016


We are quite blessed living here at the cottage for many reasons, not least of which is the regular, magnificent sunsets.....


Sunday 14 August 2016

Lesser Stitchwort

Lesser Stitchwort nestling in a bracken frond on the banks above the burn today.


Dock Leaf

The time of year when leaves start to change colour is rapidly arriving. This dock leaf is one of the first.

Dock Leaf - Holly Cottage

Solanum tuberosum L.

Every year we have potatoes growing in the compost bays, none of them planted but growing from some which must have been waste from the kitchen years ago.  No idea what it's companion is called, a hoverfly of some sort.