Thursday, September 1, 2022

01/09/2022 Another month has gone by.....

 The maximum temperature here today is 28⁰C, minimum 17⁰C.   Blue skies with few clouds   North-Easterly winds of 12km/h with gusts up to 25 km/h.  Rain is forecast over the next 3 days, but I will be more than surprised if it happens.  We have had almost nothing in the past 3months.  Water rationing is here.

This is just another rushed post to let you know that I am still alive.  Life has been very hectic.  Nigel’s Father who had reached the great age of 101 passed on the Monday before last.  Nigel flew back to the UK urgently but has since returned, we will now both drive over for the funeral.

P.S. I spoke to the guys who had a tent up in the local car park re internet and getting fibre.  I was told that our area is not on the books for this year – maybe next year!!!  Meanwhile, we struggle on at speeds of between 0.4 and 0.5 mbps.😭

Sunset - just loved the crepuscular rays.

Clouded yellow, (Colias croceus).

Shield Bug (Graphosoma Italicum).

06082022 the moon over the rooftops.
Yes, there is a tile missing - our neighbour's roof not ours!

A young European starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Mum and a sparrow in the background.

A walk around the garden. (Bucket watering).

Common Carder bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum).

As above.

Shield bug but I am not sure which one.

A first for our garden - Short-toed treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla).
These photos were taken through the window in the house. The tree is a good 22 metres away. I just spotted a slight movement and could not believe my eyes. The camouflage when it moved to the front of the tree was amazing.

Possibly an Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) but I am not convinced.

Bee (Anthidium_florentinum).

The vegetable garden - rescued with buckets of used water from the house.

Common blue female (Polyommatus icarus) on a Californian poppy.

Orange-legged Furrow Bee (Halictus rubicundus) on a cosmos.

The Little owl in silhouette.(Athene noctua).

Something I do not see very often these days! Sunrise.

and another Sunset.

Out for lunch on my birthday 19 August.

My local list of wildflowers. (91 Species 02/12/2021).

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

04/08/2022 A few more photos from July to let you know I am still here!

Yet another month has gone by and now we are in August.  It is too hot to do anything and the house downstairs is the only cool place.  Even the insects seem to have gone into hiding. The office is in the roof with Velox windows, and working on the computer is not much fun.  Temperatures are anything between 32C and 40C with no sign of rain.  This could be a record drought year so they say!  Having said that I still prefer too hot to too cold!!

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)...

As above...

As above .

Small white (Pieris rapae).

Gatekeeper or Hedge brown (Pyronia tithonus)...

As above.

Yet another Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) see my last entry...

As above.

Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria)...

As above with open wings - so spectacular when in flight.

Collage of the garden that is somehow hanging on in the high temperatures.

A lone cornflower (Centaurea cyanus).

Mallow (Malva sylvestris).

Thistles with what might be a Sweat bee.

Garden Insect - Bug - (Genus Planuncus). Maximum length without those long feelers 5 mm. Taken last month after a very light shower of rain! we have not seen rain since.

Coreopsis,  A member of the Asteraceae family.

European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola).

The vegetable garden is still producing, luckily we have a lot of big trees and the shade is helping!

I have masses of photos taken on the Trail Camera of birds, especially the Nuthatch.  Sadly because of our very low Wi-Fi speeds, I cannot share them.

My local list of wildflowers. (91 Species 02/12/2021).

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

07/07/20222 Still trying to catch up!!!!!!

  The maximum temperature here today is 27⁰C, minimum 15⁰C.   Blue skies with few clouds   Northerly winds of 17km/h with gusts up to 38 km/h.  The remainder of the week is forecast with temperatures in the 30s with no clouds !  Summer is here.

Another month has passed and I am getting further and further behind.  We did though have a delightful visitor for a few days in Nigel's nephew from Australia.  Now the garden is demanding water and weeding, and I am trying to get out and walk in the cooler part of the day.  Time just vanishes.

I am combining the bird blog with my diary as it is easier than keeping two blogs going at the present time.

Bug from the Miridae family - I think.

Bumble bee in the sage.

Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius), very shy but we have been seeing this visitor for the past couple of months...

As above.

Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)...

As above...

As above with a hoverfly

A sunset that I took a liking to!

Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius).

Ladybird, sadly I think this is an Asian (Harmonia axyridis).

European Common Frog (Rana temporaria). It was suggested that this is a Water Frog but as they are green I could not go along with that ID! Maybe I am wrong.

A young European robin (Erithacus rubecula).  The red breast only appears between 3 and 6 months.

Herewith, the end of the best photos in May and moving into June!
Eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops).

Clematis in the garden.

Californian Poppy with Marmalade Hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus).

Bee fly (Bombylius_fulvescens) - I think.

Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina).

A family affair - Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius).

Seen out walking - Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).
Bee fly (Bombylius_cruciatus) female. She has more white than the male.

Thirsty Western Honey Bees (Apis mellifera).

Crab Spider -(Misumena vatia) Golden Rod Spider on the lavender.

Yay third prize 😊

Results of the Best Photo of the Month June 2022

July 1, 2022 Competitions, Focusing on Wildlife 

My local list of wildflowers. (91 Species 02/12/2021).

See also my