In defence of the stingers

In defence of the stingers

In June, Philip found what was either a tiny wasp or hornets nest underneath a tarpaulin in the wood. The nest was in its early stages, about the size of a quail’s egg and had 11 empty cells tucked inside.  It had to be removed from its location so we may have...
A walk in early June

A walk in early June

When I arrived in Hollington in early June, Mischief & Cheeky (the pigs), were enjoying fresh cuttings from the scything of the ride. They particularly liked the doc leaves, Rumex crispus, choosing them over their ‘piggy’ pellets. They really are quite...
A ship? In the wood?

A ship? In the wood?

I must share this brief but delightful story of ‘The Ship’ in Hollington. Beside the stream running through the wood, stands a large, very old, recently coppiced ash tree. When Philip and his siblings were much younger they turned this old tree into an...
May – a second helping

May – a second helping

As my May blog ended rather abruptly I feel compelled to post an addition along with extra photographs, particularly of the contrasting glimpse of the bright yellow rapeseed beyond the wood. It added to the wonderful “assault on the senses” from the bluebells. During...
May – the time for carpets of bluebells

May – the time for carpets of bluebells

Oh cripes, it’s nearly July and I’m only just posting my May blog. Life sometimes takes over but I’ll be more punctual in future, particularly as I plan shorter but more frequent postings. Due to other commitments I was unable to participate in the...