Durham University Botanical Gardens~ May 2018

At the beginning of May, Sophie and I went off to the Botanical Gardens at Durham University.  I can’t say Durham is my favourite place to drive through (which you have to do to get to the gardens) as it’s olde worlde charm rapidly disappears when you have to navigate traffic bottlenecks on tiny roads on busy days. But we got to the gardens without too much stress and we were lucky enough to have a sunny day.  There’s a large carpark near to the back entrance and a notice in it telling visitors to the gardens that the car…

Teeside Nature Reserve~July 2017~part 2

part 1 HERE The nature reserve has, as you’d expect, a fair amount of wild flowers. The reserve is home to 4 different types of marsh orchids, but I only spotted 3 the burnet moths were quite fond of them always there are dandelions and buttercups and pink grassy stuff and finally some poppies the nature reserve is right on the coast, so next time we’ll have a look round there. Stay tooned!

Fraggle Report~Hardwick Hall Country Park~June 2017~part 1

The History bit Hardwick Hall Country park is on land that was originally, in medieval times next to Hardwyck Manor, now Hardwick Hall Country Hotel. The 18th century saw dramatic change: a new hall was built, and a new owner—a wealthy businessman from Tyneside named John Burdon—began to develop the grounds. Burdon enhanced the 17-acre ornamental lake on the south side of the hall by adding an artificial river leading to it and encircling it with a walkway. In all, he laid out 40 acres of additional ornamental features, including temples, grottoes and follies designed primarily by London architect James…

Day 209~366

Orchids are not the easiest of things to grow apparently, but for a couple of years I had 4 plants of varying colours on my front windowsill, that bloomed regularly and lasted for ages when they did, with the minimum of interference from me. A bit of water now and then, a bit of orchid food now and then, and they were a happy little bunch. Then Storm & Skye came, and Storm, well, she was ill though we did not know it when we got her, and part of her illness made her eat strange things, like LP covers,…

Day 3~366

I’m having a busy Sunday. Phil is at work til 9pm so I’ve been up and at’em. I was at the supermarket by 10am, finished off my expenses form, sorted work out for tomorrow, painted another backdrop for my photography, played with Skye and the laser light, and done my photo for the day. Just the Christmas decorations to take down now, and make some soup for my dinner. I’ll put my feet up and watch a movie after that I think!      

The Wetlands Reports~part 2

Some more shots from our walk around the wetlands. It’s a lovely place to go, they do a lot of conservation of endangered species, and have a good cafe too! As we walked through the woodlands, a herd of geese came charging at us, the parents being very protective and the babies wanting seeds. Cal was a little spooked as they came charging towards us but we got the seed out and that calmed everything down. moving on we came to a pond with a single swan on it and walked past a field of common spotted orchids and then we met The…