Thursday, 28 July 2011

kitty's dewberry fool

pick lots of dewberries, or blackberries if you can't find those, and simmer them to a puree with a little caster sugar and a splash of lemon juice then allow this to cool.
very carefully fold a small tub of whipped cream and the same amount of greek yoghurt into the puree to make a delightful violet swirl.  chill and serve in a champagne glass with a fresh dewberry garnish.  heaven. 




Wednesday, 27 July 2011

boat life





















heron 

















male banded demoiselle















egyptian geese on a rowing boat

birthday canoe trip along the river near windsor

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Monday, 11 July 2011

Friday, 8 July 2011

lightning mary + broken arm jesus

photographs taken in sicily and london

Thursday, 7 July 2011

meadow life

one afternoon in the secret meadow















bumblebee on cat's ear





















wild garlic













grasshopper
















red soldier beetle on freckled skin






















naughty bee watching soldier beetles having it off. on knapweed.


injured ruby tiger moth

also spotted since march but not captured in a photograph:

beautiful skylarks, singing
giant blue dragonflies
mayflies who only live for a day
banded desmoiselles, with delicate cellophane wings
swallows plus fledglings
swifts
house martins
tiny pipistrelle bats swooping low over the river at night
great spotted woodpecker
a kingfisher (at last)
tiny shrews
herons, mostly on one leg
arctic terns
mallow
queen anne's lace
great crested grebes and stripey babies
yellow flag iris
egyptian geese
ox eye daisies
mandarin ducks
fairy ring champignons
buzzards
our kestrel
devil's bit scabious
a golden pheasant, dead the next day
delightful cormorants
a giant dead bream, stinking
a female stag beetle
tufted vetch
hundreds of cinnabar moths
ribwort plantain
perfect glowing poppies
brambles, very soon ready
a murder of crows 

meadow life

















male emperor moth caterpillar. huge.
 

my swans

































five babies i have been feeding since they were very small indeed

Monday, 4 July 2011