Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Lucky Escape

Once again while cutting the grass I was startled as one of the garden frogs broke cover:

Common Frog

Common Frog

It was a good job this little beauty had jumped out of the way of the mower.

One photo I forgot to use last time.
A view across the Lincolnshire farmland from the footpath round Covenham Reservoir. Difficult to tell from this photo is just how steeply the ground falls away around the edge of the 218 acre reservoir which is man made and part built above ground level. The footpath is about 20 ft above the surrounding countryside:


Monday, 22 May 2017


Following the torrential rain of Saturday, Sunday started beautifully sunny and reasonably warm. I decided it was time for a trip to Covenham Reservoir hoping there would be some sailing action to watch. We arrived getting on for 2 o'clock but the first boat was only just being launched:



We went for a walk along the footpath which circles the reservoir to see what wildlife was about.
Not a lot really, at least not along the area we walked. My joints are no longer up to walking the full 2+ miles it takes to walk right round and Penny was getting quite warm even though it had clouded over.

A few ducks:

and the odd gull:

no Wagtails this time, maybe later in the year.

I kept my eye on the only bit of activity:



As we were about to leave it looked as though there would be more activity later on:


but it was time to go back to the car and let Penny have a well deserved drink of water.

Finally a short part of our journey back.
Leaving the reservoir car park and travelling through the two villages called Covenham. They are adjoining and each has its own CofE church.

Some information about  Covenham can be seen on the GENUKI site.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Five Years of Retirement

Not me. Penny. How time flies. Five years since she joined me.
It's a hard life supervising me as I potter round the garden.

My 40 mph couch potato:
DSCN7227 Penny

Weather yesterday.
Just a bit on the wet side:
Weather 17 May 2017

More rain (38mm 1.5in) in one day than the whole of last month.
UV has been up to 7 on this scale recently. Well down yesterday.
Same thing with solar radiation which recently reached 700 - 800 watts/sq m..

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Scarce Fungus Weevil

Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

I was about to move a planter I have hanging on the fence when I spotted what at first I thought was a dollup of bird dung but on closer examination turned out to be alive:

 Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

It was such a strange looking creature the like of which I had not seen before.
I just had to take several photos from different angles to give me a chance of identifying it:

Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

Next job was to find an identification. I ended up on the Naturespot web site and after scrolling through dozens of bug photos eventually found a perfect match.
Size: about 10mm. Common name: Cramp-ball Fungus Weevil.

This weevil is not as scarce as its name would suggest.
You can see more information on this page at Naturespot.


Orchid Pruning Scissors

Found these little beauties on eBay.
Also on Amazon and could well be available at other places:

Orchid Scissors

Total length about 6.5 inches (17cm) with sturdy sharp stainless steel blades. Spring effective but doesn't need a lot of effort to close the blades and cut flower stems. They are ideal for getting into tight spaces without damaging surrounding foliage.  Soft grip handles are comfortable to hold and use. Not just for Orchids of course. Prices seem to vary between £6 and £9.

Monday, 15 May 2017


There are quite a few large frog tadpoles swimming round the garden pond:


My one and only large strawberry plant grown from seed continues to develop:


Early strawberry plants (Vibrant), bought bare root and listed as fruiting next year, are producing flowers for this year:


A couple of Outdoor Girl tomato plants in an automatic watering system are now showing their first flower buds:

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