Summer Fun in Derbyshire!

We’ve been fortunate enough to have some lovely weather recently, good for the Olympics, great for the garden and even better if you like to venture out and about into the countryside!

Today I’m just sharing a few summer photos taken over the last few days.

First I’ll introduce you to this little chap (or chapette, I’m not sure how you tell the difference??). I first heard a few stones moving, instantly fearing some nefarious plot was afoot I ventured to find out the source. When I saw two green legs I was somewhat alarmed, although further investigation proved it was infact quite a sizeable frog. At this point my husband stepped in and scooped froggy up to show the kids. Froggy was then placed back in the garden where he (or she) spent a few minutes sitting by the dogs ball before leaping off to pastures new.

These next few photos were taken at Middleton Top, where the Spotty Crocodile watched over the children as they searched rocks for signs of fossils. We also encountered many bees, moths and bugs, who for the most part were happy to stay still while their portrait was taken.

The spotty crocodile also discovered an extreme fondness for long grass!

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and managing to get out and about when the sunshine allows.


Springwatch, bugs and more.springw

Has anyone else been watching the new series of Springwatch on the BBC? I get drawn in every season, it’s surprising how exciting it can be watching daily updates on eggs and the development of various species of wildlife. Over the years I’ve been lucky to have seen quite a few interesting animals in the wild, a saw a watervole swimming at Cromford Canal, a doormouse sat in a garden, a weasel playing on the lawn, a woodpecker pecking the grass, hedgehogs, foxes and so on. I have even played a very small part in helping wildlife having once raised a mistle thrush from a tiny chick to release. Unfortunately these sightings seem to have lessened over the years, whether that’s a decline in their existence, or pure bad luck on mine I honestly don’t know. But in honour of Springwatch I have been making a concerted effort to try and keep my eyes open for anything that should cross my path. The results haven’t been spectacular, I believe my garden has leaf cutter bees, plenty of spiders, and more snails than I think strictly necessary, but not much beyond that. I’ve tried to take some pics to share with you all.

If your interested I believe Springwatch are running quite a few wild days out across the country with many taking place this coming weekend. To search for an event near you visit this page