I've booked to go to this year's RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) Conference in July.
This year I've been trying to reduce the stresses that get to me. After a very bad day a few weeks ago my distress was eventually eased with a quiet walk by the nearby stream absorbing the quiet and the sights and sounds of nature, while the trees muffled the background noise of constant traffic.
This year I've also decided to grow more in the garden and in tubs on the patio. We've always grown various types of fruit: rhubarb, gooseberries, blackberries and red currants.
and Lemon Balm...
Over the warm Easter weekend I began the sowing and planting, Lettuce that you can cut leaves off and leave to regrow, Marigolds and Sage. I'm also trying to grow potatoes as a first time experiment.
I recently bought a Lupin plant locally and transplanted it into a bigger pot. It has a couple of flowers that are opening and providing a burst of colour.
The bees seem to like the Lupins...
After an unexpected passing visit from a Pheasant back in April we've become used to seeing and hearing the sounds of Mallard ducks.
While I was outside taking these photos I could hear the quaking and thought a duck was in the garden next door.
Then I saw the female duck tucking into the bird food under our hawthorn tree and quietly began to move back toward the house.
When I stood up and looked over the top of the clothesline full of drying towels I saw the male duck watching me.
I quickly took a picture and a moment later he took off and joined his mate at the food stop.
|Ready for Take-Off...|
Some days they lurk for hours, others it's a swift take-away visit.
With the bench in the shade of the old rose bush it's relaxing to sit outside with a book and a mug of coffee even for a short time before returning to normality.
Do you get any unexpected wildlife visiting you?