Lucky encounters

The sun’s arc is sinking lower, and the days are shortening but nature is still delivering its surprises.  It is now mid-autumn and seasonal gales have cast the remaining leaves to the ground.  Whilst out walking alongside a small woodland, I notice some fine crimson leaves and the familiar pink haze of a spindle tree …

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My tree bees

Each morning as I walk towards my garden shed, I am greeted by the energetic buzzing of my tree bees which, for the second year running, have chosen one of my bird boxes as a venue for their colony.  I first became aware of them when I heard what sounded like an engine coming from …

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