July 24th – Solitude or loneliness?

Today’s picture is from the archives, but I thought of this image after doing a tough shift for SHOUT. Some people may look at the picture and see a lonely dog, down on it’s luck in the middle of nowhere. Other’s may see a dog enjoying the peace and quiet, looking enviously at this sereneContinue reading “July 24th – Solitude or loneliness?”

July 4th – Walking

We were up early and headed down to Exford (2 hours away), a little village in the heart of Exmoor, for a 7 mile socially distanced hike with friends and our 4 legged children. The weather wasn’t the best, being quite breezy, and drizzly, but it wasn’t cold. The route we chose was pretty mixed,Continue reading “July 4th – Walking”

June 23rd – Memories of people passed

Whilst cutting the lawn in the front my eye caught our lovely fuchsias. The detail on the flower heads always amazes me, especially in the sunshine and always makes me think of the late Mother-in-law. She loved her garden and a lot of the fuchsias come from cuttings of her plants from North Devon. WheneverContinue reading “June 23rd – Memories of people passed”

June 13th – Flamingo’s in Somerset?

I am no gardener, and quite un-observant normally, but I did notice lovely little flowers on a small tree we have on the front lawn. Apparently it’s common name is a Flamingo willow, but the proper name is Salix integra¬†‘Hakuro-nishiki’. It is a is a deciduous shrub or small tree, with branches that droop slightlyContinue reading “June 13th – Flamingo’s in Somerset?”

May 23rd – Bee-ing Busy

We’ve all see them, but do we appreciate them. Bees are so important to our agriculture, pollinating our crops. Without bees it is estimated our farmers would spend ¬£1.8 billion to pollinate. Bees also appear in many parts of our culture. From pub signs and town names, from Shakespeare to JK Rowling, from beehive hair-dosContinue reading “May 23rd – Bee-ing Busy”

May 22nd – Dust bath

More work in the garden today, reclaiming a lot of ground in the chicken run by being brutal with the hedge cutter, chain saw and rotavator. The chickens were delighted and immediately had a great dust bath. Dust bathing is also a very important ritual for chickens, serving the purpose of keeping their feathers clean,Continue reading “May 22nd – Dust bath”