Friday, 12 January 2018

January




I started a nature journal, I will try to add to it at least monthly.   This is my first page, just sketches and scribbles of what I am seeing.  Several bloggers did this last year and I wished I had too, it will be fun to look back through it at the ended of the year and see the seasonal changes.




I grew these herbs in past years, it seems I got too busy and never grew any in the last few years,  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it, so will start some pots soon.  I think I had my allotment when I took this picture as I see lots of blue hose in the garden that I remember going to great trouble to get from the local water authority rubbish skip and made into netted tunnels for delicate leaf vegetables.  Sadly it was too much commitment, bit I enjoyed the experience.  Windowsill gardening I think I can manage this year :)



Its very mild weather  in my part of the UK and there doesn't seem much going on in the woods.  But when I visited the Woodland Trust website, I found there is plenty to see if you know where to look... there are lichen, moss and fungi, insects, spiders and birds to look out for and, of course, the early signs of Spring we all long for, in particular leaf formation of wild flowers like celandine and wood anemone.


I put some apples out which the blackbirds have been eating, they peck a big hole and get the flesh, leaving a red, empty bowl of the skin.




On my wanderings I almost missed course grey and white hair on some barbed wire near the river, it was badger hair, an indication that the adults are active all year round.


they don't hibernate, they stay under ground most of the time but they do need to come up to toilet and feed themselves.  It will be April before we see any young above ground, but that little bit of fur was a reminder of what we can look forward to.

Last year I took part in Bluebell Watch, it's a simple survey the Woodland Trust do annually to monitor the density of bluebells in local woodland (and also to monitor the unwanted increase in the much larger Spanish bluebell which is not native to our woods).   All we have to do is go online to notify any sightings, which will be around April/May.

This is my library book pile for the coming week, looking forward to the gardening book in particular.

Have you got any plans for gardening? Ambitions to grow your own food? Something unusual perhaps?


19 comments:

  1. No gardner here. I do admire your blackbird...that boids got great legs lol.

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    1. lol, he has got very long legs hasn't he! next time he features I will give him shorter ones!

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  2. Hello Betty. Love your nature journal - what a wonderful idea. The garden here is all going to seed due to our hot dry conditions. I am picking the last of the summer veggies & still waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. I will not plant again now til autumn. Happy Weekend to you Betty.

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    1. Hope you will have plenty of seeds for next year's gardening.

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  3. You've inspired me to create a nature journal. I'm not out and about any more than I have had to be so far this year because the weather has been too cold, cloudy, and windy. Many days never getting above freezing. I'm not much of a winter person, in fact I am downright badger-like in winter. I liked how you spotted the bit of badger fur in the fence.

    During the warmer months I have often started written garden journals, but had never included any sketches in them. This year I will be adding sketches to my garden journals.

    I have very large pots that I grow herbs in year round in my garden. The past three winters I have had chives, lemon thyme, and regular thyme, and one rosemary plant survive through the winter. My sweet marjoram, Corsican mint, and other rosemary plants didn't survive. This year has already had severely cold nights below zero and very cold days so I am hoping for the best for my herb plants this year.

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    1. You must have some harsh winters if rosemary can't survive! I am going to focus on indoor gardening this year.

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  4. Alas, I have only grown tomatoes. Most of my garden is to be pretty!

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    1. tomatos take ages to ripen here as I'm north facing, I might try them in my front garden this year!

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  5. Lovely journal. I remember when you had your allotment.A lot of work!!Have a good weekend Betty.xx

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  6. Badger hair! I have visions of Mr. Badger in Wind in the Willows. It's fun to think about them roaming about!
    The books look very interesting. I hope you enjoy them!
    I haven't done any gardening for a long time, but I hope to eventually have a place with room for a patch. I'd like to freeze or dry enough produce to feel like I'm being sort of self-sufficient, lol.

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    1. Hope you soon have a growing patch lisa, I'm lucky to have my little garden.

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  7. Love your nature journal.
    The joy of fresh herbs grown on your window sill is so good ...

    Have a Happy New Week

    All the best Jan

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    1. thanks, yes I am looking forward to that feelgood factor.

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    1. it's taken me ages to work out what (0) is! I now know from your own blog that you dropped a pebble and left a ripple, thanks!

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  9. You are SO GOOD at nature journals, Betty!
    It's supposed to be freezing and snowy here tomorrow. I hope to rearrange the living room. I love rearranging!
    No, I haven't received your Christmas card but I am sure it will appear soon. Our mail is so sloooooooow these days.
    Love to you!

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    1. grrr post is rubbish! We have bright sunshine but cold here, so I am doing so Spring cleaning, it's good to move furniture, makes everything feel refreshed.

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  10. I grew a few things in my greenhouse last year and plan to do things a little differently this year. I'd certainly like to start a herb garden, I only have thyme at the moment, albeit neglected!
    I don't grow much but it is fun, I did over do it when sowing lettuce leaves and ended up with piles of them at every meal for weeks! Still, it's a nice problem to have!
    I like the idea of a nature journal, all to often I ignore what's going on outside and miss so much at this time of year. I tried taking part in a Instagram prompt - #OneHourOutside which is about getting outside each day, but a virus, and strong winds have kept me inside for the most part.

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    1. hope you get to do your Instagram prompts Hazel, it's important to set aside a little time for our own pursuits.

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