April Flicks

We are now firmly into Spring. The sun is out, and our gardens and countryside have sprung back into life – barely recognisable from their barren winter state just a few months previous.

You’ll see plenty of butterflies now the flowers are out. So far this month I’ve seen:

  • Orange Tips
  • Brimstones
  • Peacocks
  • A Red Admiral
  • A Blue – it never settled so couldn’t identify – possible an Adonis?
  • Commas
  • Painted Ladies
  • Speckled Woods
  • Large Whites
  • Small Whites

All sightings in the South West between Oxfordshire and South Devon. I didn’t manage to capture them all but here are a few I did get.

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A Pair of Brimstone
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A Peacock soaking up the sun on a beach in Dartmouth
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A Small White at RHS Wisley

Nature loves the sun; look closely and you’ll see ponds brimming with tadpoles, stick around and you might even see some newts.

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A Smooth Newt

April is a perfect time to get away. I headed off on my usual trip to Devon and found myself walking in temperatures above 20 centigrade.

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Sugary Cove, Dartmouth
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Evening Sun in Ashprington
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Big Walk around the Totnes Area

Back home, April is a great time for sowing vegetables. I’ve spent a good portion of my Easter Break helping my Dad dig over his plot and plant out plugs. We’ve got peas, mange-tout, courgettes, leeks, onion spinach, lettuce and strawberries this year.

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Its taken a few years to get the soil even to this point – and we’ve still got a way to go. It’s very heavy clay where my folks live.
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New project! This year Dad’s added a new raised bed. Home to our Pea plugs. We’re hoping they’ll like the hot wall.

 

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