Thursday, 30 July 2009

Ladybirds are here in great numbers......

...... flying around and gathering on almost every surface.
The greenfly will not be happy.

On the beach it depends which way you look; to the right it is my normal view, to the left the holiday-makers have arrived.
They gather together like the ladybirds to enjoy the sunshine.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Raindrops keep falling on my web.......

...... but I cannot eat them.
It must be confusing for a spider but it is a pretty picture.

The seal cub is taking a rest in the sun.

The cormorant has been out on a fishing trip and has come back to dry out. You would have thought that a water bird would have waterproof feathers but no, the cormorants have to dry them out.

The young herring gulls are just hanging out like young people do, waiting for the party.

A lot was going on after the rain.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Gentle rain this morning........

.........which is good for the garden but not for walking on the beach.
These pictures are some I took at night just to see what would happen.
The late sunset is quite fun and romantic. The other is very strange; what I was looking at I don't know.
It is almost untouched and, no, I did not use photoshop.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

It is all a case of looking......

..... and then seeing.
The sea gently rolling in with sun glinting on the waves;
anyone for a swim? Yes, there is a seal bobbing around, an occasional visitor to our waters.
I was lucky to catch him on camera.

Friday, 24 July 2009

The birds on the beach......

...... are young grey wagtails looking for food and enjoying their new world.

The pigeon came for a walk with me. Is it a rock dove or a racing pigeon? It was not a wood pigeon. The back garden is full of woodies and very noisy they are too.
The black-headed gulls are back for the holidays as they feed off the holiday-makers` food scraps. There`s nothing like chips with added sand.

Behind the gull the harbour porpoises were passing by; lovely to see impossible to catch on camera.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Picking fruit ...............

.... can be hard work, all that bending and reaching and looking for the ripe fruit.
The redcurrants on the other hand were a case of where to start never mind where are they?
This is a good year, to put it mildly, loads of jam and jelly and icecream to enjoy.
Summer pudding next........

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Tea break for the workers.....

...... clearing the river.
This is the annual cutting back of the plant growth along the banks of the River Mun.

As you can see the stream gets overgrown though the spring and early summer which reduces the flow.
This year the rainfall has not been high so the rate of flow has not been important, but it may all change.

An odd-looking boat was around yesterday sailing up and down just off the beach.
Was it doing a survey of the sea bottom or waiting for the body-boarders to float out to them?
All very odd.
The same vessel is still around this morning.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Why does Mayweed flower ...

....... in July, and why are most of the flowers I am now finding green?
Fat hen is doing its best in the sand but even better in the garden as a weed.
Why ` fat hen` I don't know but I think it used to be eaten as a green vegetable.
The sea beet is a robust plant growing in the sand which, I presume, has a large taproot.
The butterflies are now running out of flowers on the lower levels and are mainly large whites. The more colourful have gone higher up the cliff out of my reach.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

The flutterby is a comma......

....... this one is not washed out and shows its colour.
It was in the garden and was easier to photo.

The bird is a goldfinch of which we have at least two families this year. They dash around a lot and sing loudly which is great fun. This one was sitting on the gutter next door which they have been using as bird bath.
I will try and get them as a group.

Monday, 13 July 2009

What a week.....

..... too much work and not enough time on the beach.
NOVA, the North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Artists, was having a show at the Vernon Arms, in their garden, and were short on pieces. "Raindrops" was finished on Saturday morning, early, and made it to the
garden by ten thirty. And I found a tree.

The butterfly shows normal service has been resumed.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Welcome to the North Sea......

....... in July.
Today there is NO beach.
It is high tide but even so one can usually get down on to the sand.

The surf is up but the sea is boiling so not ideal for the boys to come and play.

Yesterday was very different and just fine for the sailors, although this one was in close to shore, about quarter of a mile off.

Monday, 6 July 2009

These flowers open in the sun......

..... they had closed again within the hour.
The courgette plant was showing all its glamour and I`m now looking forward to the crop.

The sparrow is my greenfly expert. Several of them have been working among the veg to great effect.
They come and go regardless of anyone being in the yard.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

The tubs in the yard.....

.... are being a bit prolific; it is all about the sunny weather.

The tomatoes in the first photo are a tumbling variety for hanging baskets. These have not read the book and think they are giants. There are plenty of flowers on them and some fruits forming.

Then the first of the potatoes with plenty more to come.

Sally is picking mange tout peas and we have them with every meal bar breakfast.

I got that wrong.

This is not the Grizzled Skipper butterfly, it is, in fact, a moth.
It is the Latticed Heath moth, I am informed by Tony who knows these things. This is a moth which is about during the day rather than at night.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

At last......

.....a sand martin; they are nesting in the cliffs.

They are dashing around feeding their young and not stopping for a photo shot.
As you can see this is a multiplex for sand martins.

The butterflies do at least stay still from time to time. I think the pale one is a Grizzled Skipper but I am open to correction.
The other one is a Red Admiral and I am pretty sure about that.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

More from the long walk ......

Honeysuckle is in full flow, having slid down the cliff during the winter slumping, and looking very handsome; but will it survive this close to the sea?

The sea holly on the other hand is made for this situation, it is the only one I found but I hope there may be more.

The tufted vetch added some colour to a rather green cliffscape which is beyond my usual walk but not without great interest.

I could not find any more Horned Poppies which makes the one plant very special ...........