For Grandchildren (others welcome)

Tom’s Triceratops

For Rhys’s Project

Here is a picture of your great Granny —

Here is your great Grandfather–

I said he looked like Tom but I think he looks a bit like you!

Pond Dipping

It is that time of year when we have a peep at what is in the pond and we have had some help.


We found a dragonfly nymph:

This fierce chap will gobble up lots of other pond life and slowly grow over several years then change into a large Dragonfly that will flit around above the pond and stream for a season finding a mate and they will lay eggs to start the whole process again.

We found lots of newts but put them back straight away as there were Palmate newts amongst them — the ones with the big feet — they are rare and we don’t want to upset them as we are very lucky to have them.


We found lots of big Tadpoles none with legs but someone found a friendly baby frog in the bog.

Meanwhile someone kept a look out for interesting things in the air!


We need to look again next week-end to see if those tadpoles have developed legs yet.



Not a lot — but very icy.
Enough to make the woods look pretty.
And frighten away the traffic. No postman today!
Too snowy to go take my truck into town today so I made some bread.
And Bill filled the bird feeders and cleared away some snow to make a space to put some food out for the ones that can’t perch — the blackbird, robin and pheasants.
He checked on Aby and Tex who aren’t very pleased with the weather and think they should have nuts to eat (not just boring hay) They also look very grubby against the snow and Aby has some dirty footprints on her back — she got too near when I was climbing over the gate yesterday


Ask Mum and Dad if Dragons really exist.

They will probably say that they don’t.

Then show them this —

These are hard to find outside Wales and this is only a baby. They are mythical but very playful.


This is Emily’s picture of the corona virus – the reason we can’t see any of you at the moment .

But here are the pictures of what Bill and I have been able to see this week.

This flower is called fritillary too — it’s very rare, we’ve only ever seen this one and it was a bit wilty.

Tom likes butterflies. This is called a pearl bordered fritillary. Can you guess why? Fritillus means chess board in Latin.

Here is a red admiral, should have been called red admirable because he is so beautiful but somebody couldn’t spell. Georgia is a good speller

You could call him Red Awesome

Sienna and Riley would like to try and catch this grasshopper — gently! We think he is called a common meadow grasshopper because he is common and hops about in the meadow — that’s how most things get their names!

What would they call you?

Emily, have you ever seen a large skipper like this in Cornwall, they like bramble flowers but you have to look carefully — they aren’t very large but they are bigger than the small skipper! That’s a bit like life!


This skipper is laying an egg!

Can you see it?


Sylvie, I expect you have seen one of these, they have spots called eyes — like the ones on the tail of a peacock so it is called a peacock butterfly. But when he folds his wings he looks black.

Here is a little one for you, Lucy — it’s a small heath butterfly. It is very skittish and sits on the grass so you have to lie on your tummy to photograph it and as soon as you get down to his level he flies away

This is one Rhys saw last year in the woods near his house. Do you know what it is?

We haven’t seen any ladybirds this year yet, the aphids which they like have not hatched yet. Rhys counted 68 in Peterborough. But we did see this ruby tailed wasp when we were painting the house. He has a fluorescent pink bottom — very scary!

Lucy and Zac, look what Bill found when he went pond-dipping.

Woops! Mistake !

This is what he found — It’s the little newt called palmate. This is a boy one — you can tell by his big back feet.

This tiny little butterfly is the green hairstreak — it is quite common on gorse but is easily missed. Old men hit gorse bushes with their walking sticks because they are looking for these.

We saw the first small tortoiseshell this week, not counting this one that slept on my bathroom windowsill all winter — I carefully didn’t clean around it.

We haven’t been out today because it is raining but spotted a bunny on the lawn. Bill went out to photograph it for Ben.

Ana and Matilda will have spotted that this is not the photo he took — not his usual quality, this is one I took earlier before my lap top went on strike and refused to download of upload any more pictures. I’m going to have to have a mega-delete

Finally — Bill wants a quiz!

What are these?


You can put your answers in Comments or on Facebook. You are not too old for this, Keira!

Good luck!