The Rosemary Beetles had all disappeared after some strong winds, but they have reappeared now on the lavender


Spotted this rather colourful caterpillar on a walk around Roxwell, it’s a Mullein Moth Caterpillar


The honey bees are enjoying our chives at the moment…


Is it a hoverfly, is it a sawfly, is it something else? I don’t know, but the flower is definitely a yellow iris.

Seen in Widdington today


A nice abstract from oil and water…when I next do this I will ensure I get the lens square to the surface of the water which will keep the oil drops in better focus. More images after the break:

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We always get these pretty little flowers at the bottom of our garden. I’ve never noticed the pollen/stamen before.


Despite dire warnings of cold weather and rain today, we ventured out in the morning and visited, for the first time in a long while, West Wood, just outside Thaxted. It was a lovely, bright mild morning…thanks weather forecasters! Lots of new growth was everywhere including the common spotted orchids that abound here. They are still a little young at the moment so today’s picture is of some new Forget Me Not’s that are starting to emerge.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…”I’m an Idiot!”

For the second time in so many months I have gone out with my camera, happily clicked away, got it home and found…no SD card in the camera = No pictures. Of course, I didn’t discover this until 11.00pm…out with the macro lens and the lamp…what have we in the house that’s new (and therefore unlikely to have been photographed before)…bingo – vitamin pills…perfect…off to bed now!


This is the headstock of my very old, but trusty Fender Stratocaster that I used to “…make them cry or sing” when I played Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” live in a pub in Leeds (when I say Leeds I mean out in the sticks in the back of beyond!).

The guitar was “given” to me by the band’s keyboard player and singer Les who owned the local video library…so now I’m dating it! Of course, it was the audience who were tending to cry when we played this fine song…we had a “get ’em off” tray that used to circulate while we played. We always said, if we raised £400 we’d stop playing…the band played on, we weren’t that bad!


We had cabbage with our tea tonight (Shepherd’s Pie if you’re interested). The left over leaves immediately caught my eye for a quick macro black and white abstract sort of shot..nand I made 3 of the shots into a triptych…