Little Egret

My favourite walk along George V Memorial Walk in Hayle is not only interesting for the number of plants which grow there, but also the birdlife, especially in winter when migrants arrive to feast from the muddy tidal pools. The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and first bred…

Six on Saturday | Welcome to 2020

These photos are from Friday as the sun was shining for the first time in over a week! It has been dry, but oh, so dull and grey and depressing and all I have wanted to do is sleep… But let’s take a quick wander around the garden to see what’s happening since I last…

Christmas Day

Yes, I know that was over a week ago, but it was also the last day we saw the sun around here, until this morning. And even then it soon disappeared under a veil of cloud. It was also the last time I took a photo. Brian of Bushboy’s World fame is curious to know what…

Changing Seasons – December 2019

This is the last month in my year of photographing the George V Memorial Garden in Hayle which lies alongside the Copperhouse tidal pool, a reminder of Hayle’s heyday during the Industrial Revolution and now home to a rich variety of birdlife. This flat trail, about three quarters of a mile long, goes through former…

Seasonal Greetings

To all my lovely followers and those who take the time to comment on my posts throughout the year I thank you. I appreciate the time you take out of your busy lives to pop in for a chat and I wish you everything you wish for yourself at this time of the year and…

Six on Saturday | Midwinter

A quick one this week as there is nothing of great interest to show from my own garden. It has been too wet and far too windy to do any further maintenance, and to be honest recently I have had a feeling of general apathy. Perhaps not unexpected at this time of year combined with…

Ruddy Turnstone

The ruddy turnstone is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. The scientific name is from Latin. The genus name arenaria derives from arenarius, “inhabiting sand, from arena, “sand”. Wikipedia In the winter months you will find these sociable little birds running around St Ives and Marazion, spending most…

Sweet Charity

Time to pause. Breathe. Relax. Mahonia x media “Charity” has highly fragrant, deep yellow flowers borne in long spreading racemes. A plant that tolerates both the cold and shade it is an excellent food provider for pollinators and a welcome sight in the dull grey winter days.

Garden Abstracts

On Wednesday we were without electricity for 9 hours. So instead of staying in an unheated house with no means of heating any food or drink we took the opportunity to head over to Trebah Gardens on the Helford River for lunch and a stroll. In winter the garden is not so colourful so I…

Changing Seasons – November 2019

This opening paragraph is becoming somewhat repetitious. Another month where rain and wind conspired against me for taking photos of this walk. However, just in the nick of time the sun shone yesterday for the first time in 10 days, there was no rain AND no wind! So I headed to the memorial garden to…