Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Usual Suspects

The Father, The Mother, The Mother-In-Law-To-Be, The Bird, The Boy and Me.

Bee Net

After escaping the claws of a certain black and white monster, this little Bee sought refuge on the net that keeps said monster in the garden.

Squatter’s Rights

The move to Veganism has brought with it a desire to grow some of my own veggies and herbs. Dad very kindly gave me this planter, so I tried it out in a few positions in the garden. I fear I am going to struggle to plant anything as we appear to have had a squatter move in.

Love Bugs Too

The harlequin ladybird was introduced to North America in 1988, where it is now the most widespread ladybird species on the continent. It has already invaded much of northwestern Europe, and arrived in Britain in summer 2004. The harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) is also known as the Multicoloured Asian Ladybird and the Halloween Ladybird. It has a very variable appearance, which can make it difficult to tell apart from our native ladybirds.

I submitted this siting to The Harlequin Ladybird Survey website. This is H. axyridis succinea.


Halt! Snails are not allowed here.

Love Bugs

It’s great when I find a Shield Bug in the garden as this doesn’t happen very often. I guess I just don’t have a particularly exciting selection of plants for these little dudes. Anyway, to find a couple getting down and dirty was very pleasing. Well worth putting the lawn mowing on hold for…

Fish Eye Fun

The sun shone and the boy played. I have been meaning to get some fish eye shots of him so dug out the Tokina 10-17 and had some fun. The close focussing of this lens is great… but it would appear that you can get a little too close…

Man At Work

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. All hail the British workman.