We have had a particularly warm spring this year and summer seems to be following the same trend. Under vivid blue skies and temperatures now reaching 30 degrees, my garden has exploded with vibrant colour lazily humming with bees and other pollinators drunk on nectar. In the evenings especially, night scented stock, lavender and rosemary… Read More Summer in My Garden
Living in Wales, it’s very hard to ignore the fact that there are dragons everywhere I look. There is one on the national flag, they adorn castles, bridges and street corners- and pop up in unexpected places- like my local archery supplies store- some very creative soul had made a dragon out of various bow… Read More The Call of the Dragon
Yesterday we went on a riverside adventure to Chepstow Castle. It is built into towering cliffs above the River Wye and has fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. It’s quite a sprawling castle and you can see evidence of the various changes it would have gone through under various occupants over time. Children- including my… Read More Dragons at Chepstow Castle
We had some new visitors to the garden this morning! I spotted a flash of red in the lavender bush and dashed for the camera- just in case. A minute later this very handsome bullfinch hopped nimbly to the pavement to gather a mouthful of dandelion fluff- I’m guessing that there’s a bit of nest… Read More New Visitors to the Garden
Archery is one of things that had been on my bucket list of things to try for years. Ever since I saw Robin Hood as a child, I wanted to try it out. Two years ago, after we moved to Newport, South Wales I finally got the chance to try it when we found a… Read More Bringing My Art to Archery
I started sharing my art on Instagram roughly four months ago. Initially I was very hesitant because my art is something very personal to me and even though I have sold some pieces and get positive feedback, there is always a part of me that worries that it just isn’t good enough. But a very creative… Read More 31 Horses, and Doing it Anyway!
With the Spring came the plants, and swiftly the birds have followed. Rain or sunshine they are flitting around my small urban garden, chattering to each other over the bird feeder or serenading me with their beautiful song. Up until last weekend, I had seen sparrows, robins, jackdaws, magpies, blackbirds…the odd song thrush and depending… Read More Garden Visitors
I started this blog with the good intention of writing a couple of times a week, but unfortunately it has not gone according to plan- sometimes life just gets in the way and scatters everything! But, I have managed to get myself much more organised and as I have sorted through various things and tidied… Read More Thinking Out Loud
Yesterday we were blessed with one of those bright blue Spring days. The sky was clear and the air was almost warm when off we went to the Newport Wetlands, an RSPB sanctuary for birds and wildlife. It sits on the estuary at the edge of Newport city and despite its industrial setting, offers lovely… Read More A Walk on the Wetlands
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