I'll admit it, I initially attempted to make granola bars but I got the liquid ingredient measurements clearly wrong - basically, the bars instantly disintegrated. But I'm an improviser so I made granola instead. Yeah, I just let it crumble a bit and used it as normal granola. I'm still a legit food blogger, right?! … Continue reading Homemade Granola
A few photos from a recent trip to Cley marshes on the Norfolk coast on a (very) windy day. So windy that we couldn't even spend long in the hides as opening the hatches creating a wind tunnel. We did also see - as well as the usual waders - a couple of stonechat but … Continue reading Cley, Norfolk, February
If you've been anywhere near a TV screen or radio or - god forbid - been outdoors, you may have noticed we've quite a bit of snow. I don't remember snow like this for about 5 years and it's so rare. I'm not one for snowball fights - I have a very low tolerance for … Continue reading Wintry walks: the beast from the east
This post has one theme and one theme only - it's random photos of various wader birds that don't fit comfortably into any other blog post but I would like to share them regardless. All were taken in February at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk, which has a large collection of water birds.
The nuthatch has got to be one of the most elegant woodland birds. The way it feeds upside and hops acrobatically along the branch is really quite artistic. It's colours are muted and simple - grey on top, chestnut underneath, that stripe of black across the eyes like the Mask of Zorro. I took these … Continue reading A nuthatch in the woods.
I used to visit Wheatfen, the Ted Ellis nature reserve in Norfolk, usually every year with my parents as a kid and haven't been for many years, so this spontaneous trip out to the reserve was a nice idea. It's known for swallowtail butterflies, which of course we didn't see in January, but we'll try … Continue reading Wheatfen: Ted Ellis Nature Reserve (January 2018)
You might remember that over a year ago we got a rescue cat. We named her Lyra and she has been living with us and thriving all this time. She's a hunter - all summer as had voles, shrews, mice, birds - and she's very affectionate and playful still. Here are a few photos to … Continue reading A photo essay update on my cat Lyra
I recently read H is for Hawk and found myself falling deeper in love with nature writing. If you're not familiar with this genre, it essentially describes a body of work that focuses on the natural environment, usually involving wildlife and landscapes, often written in the first person and containing overly lyrical prose. It is an … Continue reading Nature Writing (top picks)
Hello nature fans! I'm starting a new blog series all about wildlife, focusing on a particular species each time in depth. In general, I'll probably talk about the features of the species, the role it fulfills within its ecosystem, the folklore surrounding it, and species idiosyncrasies, including a few interesting facts. I'm starting with the humble … Continue reading Wildlife focus: the mole
Hi guys! I love reading your blogs and I love writing my own. I've looked at ways to monetize it in the past, as I'm sure you've had thoughts about that as well, but given my slightly obscure niche I didn't think ads would work out (I'm trailing it them right now to see how … Continue reading A handy tip for my fellow bloggers