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 [...]

The big butterfly count

The big butterfly count

The sunshine has brought with it a fluttering of wings. Butterflies flit around the garden in dizzy flights or bask open-winged on leaf and lawn; prompting me to make sure I spend some time at the weekend joining in with Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count. Taking part in the count is easy: find a sunny spot [...]