Sunday, 30 June 2013

The River Bank

Vegetation on the river bank

Wild geranium and water avon.

River North Esk, Midlothian

Sunday postcards from Paradise.
Linking with Rebecca and friends at  RECUERDA MI CORAZON

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Busy Bees

A hive of Small Garden Bumble Bees has established itself in a disused Wren's nesting box under
a honeysuckle bush in our garden. This year the wrens are absent,
in fact I've seen only one all winter.

The bees are very shy and I have to tap the nest to encourage them to appear.
After much buzzing they emerge!

They keep busy all day collecting pollen from a rose bush a few meters from the hive.

This rose is one of my favourites but it blooms for only about two or three weeks a year.
 We are however compensated by the gift of beautiful oval pendulous fruits which progress from
 luscious green to scarlet throughout the season.

The bees flit so quickly from flower to flower that I find it difficult to follow their movements.

Oil painting titled  SUMMER by Jason Jon.

Midsummer Moon

Thank you for visiting

Sunday, 16 June 2013

And Now We Are Three

We have recently inherited two dogs,Poppy a whippet cross and Princess
a white West Highland terrier. Although our dog Maddy has known them for years and likes

the company,she is not at all familiar with the concept of sharing!

The dogs love this park and woodland,it provides space to run and wildlife paths to explore.


Ferns, nettles, brambles

Pink Campion.


Path to the horse field.


Broom and Larch

The horse field gate.


The horse field ,but today there are no horses.
 This is on the outer side of the wall which surrounds Holyrood Park.
Crow Hill is in the background.

Here we are only about a mile from Edinburgh city centre.


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Goodbye Dandelions !

Photo by Margaret.

Dandelion seed head.

Each amazing flower head ingenuously produces around two hundred florets which
become tiny airborne parachutes.

This year,because of the cold spring,dandelions appear to have had
an extended season. I found these growing on a country roadside last week.


Seed heads about to explode and fly with the wind.

Buttercup meadow

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