Midsummer spell

Midsummer spell

Scarlet tiger moths flutter around the house in the early evening, weaving a spell of midsummer. The air they move through is filled with the scent of mock orange; a heady concoction, filled with memories of summers past. In the depths of the shady end of the garden the wild strawberries are ripening; fairy fruits [...]

Fritillaries

Fritillaries

We spent a magical Sunday morning wandering through Iffley Meadows in search of snake's-head fritillaries. As we entered the nature reserve, managed by Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, we spied, in the distance, patches of the meadowland that were dotted with purple and white, and made our way over to admire the blooms close [...]