Image from RSPB Last weekend was the UK's largest citizen science project - the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. For the 42nd time, thousands of brits up and down the country took up their binoculars, put the kettle on and spent 1 hour identifying and counting all the species of birds in their chosen area, be [...]
Image from canva.com I'm writing this on a chilly Saturday afternoon. While I was waiting for the tea in the teapot to brew, I was thinking of everything that is and has been going on. Probably not the best thing to be doing on a Saturday afternoon, but I couldn't help but think about all [...]
Notes on 2020 and THANK YOU!!
Image from canva.com Well hello everyone! We have nearly made it to the end of 2020. What a year?! This year was meant to be the year I ticked off so many things on my ever growing to do list. Sadly, like many others, I didn't get all of them done. But I didn't expect [...]
Poetry Mondays – Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Winter-Time Late lies the wintry sun a-bed, A frosty, fiery sleepy-head; Blinks but an hour or two; and then, A blood-red orange, sets again. Before the stars have left the skies, At morning in the dark I rise; And shivering in my nakedness, By the cold candle, bathe and dress. Close by the jolly fire [...]
Poetry Mondays – The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy.
The Darkling Thrush I leant upon a coppice gate,When Frost was spectre-gray,And Winter’s dregs made desolateThe weakening eye of day.The tangled bine-stems scored the skyLike strings of broken lyres,And all mankind that haunted nighHad sought their household fires. The land’s sharp features seemed to meThe Century’s corpse outleant,Its crypt the cloudy canopy,The wind [...]
An Interview with Bird’s Bees Hotels.
Hello everyone! How are we all doing? In this post I am interviewing the amazing Megan from Bird's Bees who runs a fantastic small business. Hope you enjoy. The lovely Megan and companion from Bird's Bees. Image from Bird's Bees. Hello Megan, please introduce yourself and your amazing bee friendly business. Hello everyone I'm Meg, [...]
Poetry Mondays – The Dipper by Kathleen Jamie.
Dipper. Image from RSPB. The Dipper. It was winter, near freezing,I'd walked through a forest of firswhen I saw issue out of the waterfalla solitary bird. It lit on a damp rock,and, as water swept stupidly on,wrung from its own throatsupple, undammable song. It isn't mine to give.I can't coax this bird to my [...]
Listening to the Wind and the Rain.
Hello again. Last week I found quite tough. I guess it is with things starting to pick up again as Boris wants us to get out and spend money. I can't help but think that we should be protecting people from COVID still - it still has not gone away. As I write this, [...]
The Wildlife Trusts “30 days wild” challenge: Week Three!
Well hello there! Welcome back to another round up of my week during the Wildlife Trusts 30 days wild challenge! We are now more than half way through this challenge - can you believe it? I certainly can't - it's flying by! Sadly, with returning to work this week, I have not been able to [...]
Nature and Folklore
Hello there and welcome to a new series on Foxglove and Bee; Nature and Folklore! Each 'episode' will look at a particular species in nature and the folklore surrounding them and their significance throughout the years. In this episode, I shall be looking at Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). Hawthorn. Hawthorn in Folklore. Hawthorn is one of [...]