SPARROWORKS – an Illustrated journal

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2009, 2020

Wet Day

Sunday, September 20, 2020|Categories: Landscape|Tags: |0 Comments

No particular reason to share this photograph other than that I like it.  This was some 30+ years ago in the middle of Bordeaux ... it was a truly wet day to go sightseeing.

1408, 2020

Fungal Bonanza

Friday, August 14, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, arboretum, fungi|Tags: , |2 Comments

That time of year again A couple of days ago we took our exercise in the arboretum (again) and found the trail we were exploring to be leading us past one after another after another "mushroom" which were popping up and spore shedding everywhere we looked. There will be more in the coming weeks, but this day gained [...]

808, 2020

Afternoon Snack

Saturday, August 8, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, Insects|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Common Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) About this time of year we start to enjoy the big webs and bright yellow bodies of the Yellow Garden Spider. Today we found one busily wrapping up a snack she had caught in her web ... hard to tell, but just possibly a Japanese Beetle. Hope so. The fresh meal [...]

408, 2020

Embed – Imbed – (In Bed?)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous, Pondering|Tags: , |0 Comments

Being susceptible one morning this week to a little pedantry I happened across the word IMbed in a leaflet from Birkenstock about the tiny-bubble infested poly-substance they make they wonderful gardening clogs from. IMbed, the little man at the back of my brain squealed!! Philistines, the word is Embed. Harrumph. Well it was raining outside so I [...]

1907, 2020

Mr Macgregor’s Vegetable Garden

Sunday, July 19, 2020|Categories: Garden, Gardening, vegetables|Tags: , , |10 Comments

We are now a couple of months into our learning experience with high density successive vegetable growing. Quite a success so far and perhaps this is a good time to publish an update for those who have been asking questions. In May we started with the installation of three raised vegetable beds - the wood is 2in [...]

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