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Wednesday, 24 June 2015


As promised/threatened here's a few pictures of the new boy, Whisky.

Posing with brother Obi.

Obi is now at his new home, and settling in well.

Playing with Obi

With his Aunty Ellie and two brothers, Obi and Thistle.

Ellie has been amazing with the puppies. When they first arrived she was very wary and nervous of them, to the point of being quite stressed; although curious. Once they were all introduced, she has been like a mother dog, playing with them, and watching over them constantly. She'll even let them 'steal' food or toys from her mouth.
Bud, the other adult dog of the house, has been a little different. He's not too fussed about them, rather keeping his distance, or grudgingly tolerating their inquisitive attentions.
Only when they get too close if he's eating, on a couple of occasions, then it's a case of 'back off'!!

More play, this time with Thistle

Chilling with Obi

Whisky, chilling.


They were all taken in May, and the next few are from this month; and they're growing so fast.


Time to relax.

This was from 7th June, and there's a bit of room in the basket.

Same date, and time for bed, with brother Thistle.

Move on a week, and playtime with the very tolerant Ellie.

Whisky, taking a break.

The next two are chilling with Bud. He's top dog, and does let them get close when he's got a chew; sometimes.

The next one is from a couple of days ago.

Filling the basket rather well now.

Walking on a lead is an ongoing process at the moment. There's plenty of open space here to explore, but when I get back home, the lead will be a necessity.

As will the journey home in the car. He's not liking short car trips very much.
Hopefully he'll get used to it eventually.

But for now .......

we'll enjoy the freedom and open spaces.

Hope you enjoyed this rather indulgent post.

Have a good week

Saturday, 20 June 2015


Still here in Wales, and Whisky continues to grow.

We've had a few dry evenings, so I've managed to put the moth traps out occasionally.

I never cease to be amazed at how colourful some of our moths are.

Here's a small selection ..........

First, a real stunner.

Green Silver-lines

Poplar Hawk-moth

Female Fox Moth

I know it's a female, because she left some eggs behind:

Peppered Moth

Buff Tip

Scorched Wing

Beautiful Golden Y

and finally,two different Elephant Hawk-moths.


Small Elephant Hawk-moth

and the bigger brother ...........

Elephant Hawk-moth

Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Last one from May

Still in Wales,

and hands are full with 3 little puppies.

Here's a couple of them.

The weather has been more like winter, than summer, and I've only managed a couple of outings so far.
I did get to Lake Vyrnwy on one day, in the hope of seeing a Wood Warbler.

While I was there, there were good numbers of Pied Flycatchers too.

Not the best of pictures from the visit, but great birds to see.

Another day I managed a visit to RSPB Conwy; always a favourite place to visit when I'm here. I focused mainly on plants while I was here.

Hedgerow Cranesbill


 A Marsh Orchid, I think. Either way, my first orchid of the year.

They have a small 'tended garden' there too, and some lovely Aquilegia plants, amongst others.

and this one

The first time I've seen a double flowered one.

Around the cottage, the trees are now green, and a few Bluebells in flower.

A lot of these about too, growing in the uncut grass.

Thyme-leaved Speedwell

The moth trap has had a couple of outings, on the odd evenings we've had no rain.

Scalloped Hazell

Swallow Prominent

Early Thorn

Undoubtedly though, the real star finds so far, (apart from an overhead Nightjar one night; but sadly no pictures) was this Tawny Owl.

A BIG surprise one morning was the sight of these two little fluffballs.

It's been great to see how much they've grown over the last few days.

A couple of days later, after some heavy rain.

All the time one of the adult birds are never far away in the tree.

But the little starlets from yesterday morning, 30th May

A bit heavy on the pictures in this post, sorry about that, but I hope you find something that you enjoyed.

Enjoy your day.