Friday, 25 March 2016

First bluebell bud this Spring

Last weekend in the woods I spotted the first Bluebell bud! I guess it won't be long now before we get our first flowers...


The Wood Anemones are still struggling though, there's the odd one around:

Most don't have any sign of flowers, and a bit sparse this year:

There's been a lot of boar activity in the wood recently, but I think there must have been some deer around too, from the gnawing on this Ash tree, unless anyone has other ideas about what might have done it?


The rabbits have been at it too, grazing the Bluebell leaves:


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Monday, 14 March 2016

Gravity Light review

Some time ago I got a Gravity Light, having put some money into their crowd-funding project:

Gravity Light

Well, I finally got round to testing it out, so here's a short video review:

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Spring flowers and a BBQ

OK, not quite a BBQ, but this weekend was the first time this year we've cooked a meal in the woods...

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After lunch we went in search of wood anemone. We did find a few, but they are struggling up through the bluebells, which are well ahead this year, thanks to the warm December.

Here's what the bluebells are looking like, I think they're about 4-5 weeks ahead of normal in their growth - have to wait and see how much earlier they flower...

Over in Sweep Wood, there's a wild boar highway being established...

It looks as if some of them are pretty big, here's a hoof print next to Tracy's hand for comparison:

Back to the plants... Lords and Ladies is well into leaf now:

as is Elder:

The Sycamore that had come into leaf weeks ago is still struggling on - I wonder if the frosts made it regret the early start...

There's lots of Primroses out too, always nice to see these woodland flowers:

That's all for now...


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