Enjoying the Durrells

The Durrells is good TV, isn't it? Easy to watch, funny, feel-good, with beautiful settings and good actors. I heard it's not really much like the actual family at all but that's ok because the TV show has taken on a new life. I've been reading a bit about the Durrell Foundation as well, which … Continue reading Enjoying the Durrells

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Wildlife in Churchyards

I loathe a tidy churchyard. I hate to see their freshly mown grass and neatly trimmed edges. Give me unkempt, wild and natural graveyards any day. Churchyards can often be ancient grassland habitats, providing havens for over 100 species of wildflowers, millions of insects, as well as birds and mammals. Bats can still be found … Continue reading Wildlife in Churchyards

Fox hunting – still protesting this shit

2 years ago I wrote THIS blog post about Tory attempts to repeal the Hunting Act and I can't believe we're STILL having this argument and I'm STILL having to protest this shit. It's illegal. Give it up. Find another hobby. One that doesn't involve foxes being torn apart and hunting dogs being mistreated and destroyed. … Continue reading Fox hunting – still protesting this shit

Binoculars I rely on

Finding the right pair of binoculars for a fussy consumer like me is a time consuming business, one I don't care to repeat again. Luckily, I got an excellent pair for my birthday this year, and so far they have been so reliable and handy for birding. The Eyeskey Binoculars *** are waterproof, lightweight, and offer very … Continue reading Binoculars I rely on

May is always about the Bluebells

May Day Bank Holiday took us out to Blickling Hall in Norfolk (or Bono's house, as Alan Partridge once famously claimed), where we witnessed the annual spectacle of the bluebells. I was expecting to be a bit disappointed - so much hype suggested to me that it would not be all that impressive a display … Continue reading May is always about the Bluebells