Photo du Jour #5

Back to Wisley today. What an inspiration it has been. This photo was taken from an exhibit of the Bonzai exhibition.

I thought it was an interesting study in greens.

Sony RX100M6, ISO 125, 10.38mm, f /3.2, 1/80sec

Here is a bonus Bonzai

iPhone XSMax, ISO40, 4.25mm, f /1.8. 1/120sec

Glorious wildflower meadow

I’ve noticed recently that many of our hedgerows are left to wildflowers and not mowed and cut back. I approve.

There was an amazing wildflower meadow at RHS Wisley and I enjoyed getting down to its level to take a few photos.

Here is one 🙂

Wisley Gardens, Woking, UK,  iPhone XS Max 20.6.2019

A cheeky squirrel

There are many advantages to living in the country, and the calm coupled with an abundance of wildlife make a compelling case.

My wife and I have discovered that most of the time it’s living with and not against that is usually the order of the day.

We have moles, and when we arrived in the new house, we saw the mole hills in the fields adjacent to our garden approaching day by day until they erupted in our own garden.

At first we were affronted and even called upon the services of a specialist until we arrived at the conclusion that we will just have to live with them so we’ve stopped the fight and do our best just to accept their presence.

In the same way, the rabbits playing in the fields, and bringing up their littles ones, was a cute sight until suddenly they were in the garden chewing through the plants that my wife had painstakingly planted.

We’ve put up as much fencing as we can and planted garlic and even sprayed garlic juices everywhere, but in all honesty it hasn’t had as much of a dissuasive effect as we would have liked.

Then there are the birds, a rich variety, including tits, thrushes, blackbirds, robins, chaffinches and a pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers that came and ate from the birdfeeders we erected.

The wood pigeons, ravens, magpies and those flocks of hungry starlings were a challenge but when we noticed fieldmice and probably a rat we realized that all that birdseed, nuts, and insect laden grease balls, were dropping on the grass and attracting all sorts of creatures.

Oh dear!

So we’ve abandoned feeding the birds until later in the year.

We probably miss them the most. It was wonderful to see them feeding as we ate our breakfast at the breakfast bar.

But the squirrels continue to go about their business and cross the gardens during the day, stopping occasionally to wave hello.

A day out in Clumber park

We met some good friends today at Clumber Park and had a nice walk along the lake.

It wasn’t as warm as we would have liked it to be, but the sun shone most of the time, and as long as we kept moving, we were fine.

One of the hardest things to do was to coordinate the meeting as there is an almost total lack of network signal.

As we were coming from Eckington, and they were driving up from Nottingham, we all arrived at different times and tried desperately to message each other from the car park until we finally managed to hook up near the restaurant.

I spied some kid’s sandwiches, so asked for some adult ones, only to be told that they wouldn’t be serving them before midday. It was only 11:34 am. It seems to be a recurrent feature of my visits to public gardens and last time I lost my cool somewhat. Today I took it in my stride and just ordered a few bacon butties.

I feel completely guiltless, I had no choice!

We are so lucky to have such good friends and we really enjoy their company. It’s a pity they live over an hours drive from us, but we’ll surely see them soon for more adventures.

Looking forward to that!



We have a pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers that come to feed at our Bird Feeding Station in the garden. We call them Woody and Woodette although we’re not quite sure which is which. It’s always joyfull to have them visit us. It’s fascinating because some Robins usually visit at the same time but rest on the grass and catch the crumbs as they fall to the ground while the woodpeckers are feeding.