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Pink Frills

Wild Pink Flowers

At the moment the hedgerows are lined with bright pink red campion and it’s making me smile so much. When we lived back down South in Milton Keynes my Mum planted some wild flower seeds and a month or so later these lovely red campion had bloomed beneath the tree in our garden. So now whenever I see those tell-tale bright pink blooms it takes me straight back to afternoons spent lazing in the garden beneath the sunshine.

I’m taking a brief blogging break as I’v got a busy week ahead but I will be back blogging next week!

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Very Hungry Caterpillars

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Back when I used to live in Milton Keynes my Mum and Dad had a vegetable patch which started off brilliantly and produced a fair bit of produce come the summer, until a large white cabbage butterfly landed on the purple sprouting broccoli. I was in the garden at the time and took a couple of photos because I thought the butterfly was beautiful, and then shortly after that, we had a mini caterpillar nursery on the purple sprouting broccoli. Needless to say there wasn’t much that could be done after the little eating machines got going, so I took the opportunity ot get some nice photos and this one was my favourite, but I think if I get the chance to plant some purple sprouting broccoli of my own, I’ll keep an eye out for cabbage whites!

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A Little Orange Ladybird

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Ladybirds do have a special place in my heart. I found this all over orange one, covered in black spots in my parents old garden and for a long time I haven’t been able to correctly identify it – I’ve often wondered if it’s a 22 Spot or a Bryony ladybird, but I can’t be sure. The head and the legs are all orange too, so this little brightly coloured ladybird remains a mystery to me, but I loved watching it walk all over the lavender during one hot summer.

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Lavender Honeybees

Back when I lived in Milton Keynes, Mum grew two big lavender plants from a couple of cuttings and each summer they would come to life with honeybees and other various insects. The bees in particular loved it, and if you went outside during the hottest days all you could hear was a faint buzzing coming from the flowers. The scent from the lavender in the evening was beautiful too.

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Icy Scenes

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It has been bitterly cold here over the last few days! With mentions of snow and storms warring away outside, I’ve been dying to wake up to some true wintry weather, so I’ve been reminiscing about past winters, and I found these old icicle photos back from 2010 in Milton Keynes. I woke up to these stunning icicles hanging from our guttering and I was glad to have been able to get some photos before they melted! They’re definitely one of my favourite sights come cold weather.

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King of the Web

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I know that spiders are widely regarded as unfavourable among many people, but I love them, and I have a soft spot for them in my heart. I’ve long admired the insect world, and these garden spiders in particular have always been a welcome sight in the garden for me. This one was hanging in the centre of its web in my old garden back in Milton Keynes, and it’s another of my favourite photos. Helping to control the population of other smaller insects, while creating their stunning webs, which glittered with dew in the early morning sunshine, they’re more than welcome to come and hang out in my garden. Thank you spiders.

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Farewell, 2016.

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As the sun sets this week on what has been a particularly difficult year for myself both personally and in terms of what has been occurring globally, I am keeping my sights set on the future and aiming to have more fun, move more, live more, try some new things and experience as much as I can in the new year, as I feel as though I’ve let my anxiety and fears hold me back this year and I want to grab life come January, so I thought this orange sunset from a local park back when I lived in Bletchley fit the feeling well. Farewell, 2016, onto the next.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas, and that your 2016 has been far better than mine has. I will be starting a new blog in 2017 called The Happy Larkspur which you can visit here, and of course, I will have plenty of throwback nature photography here for you all as we head into the New Year. So, a big Happy New Year to you all from me, this is my last post here in 2016 but I will be back in early January. Thank you for all of your comments, likes and support and here’s to lots of good things in 2017!