This month has certainly had a change in temperature and
weather, with the arrival of much needed rain. Unfortunately
I'm not sure it will know when to stop.
Wildlife whether animal or plant has welcomed the rain and
flourished. My hayfield that looked almost scorched, is now
green with a thick flush of grass. My ponies will be kept well
clear of it until the sugars have dropped in the grass later
into the year .
The swallows have begun grouping together getting ready to
leave for warmer climates, they are a real miss when they go,
such wonderful wee birds to watch.
My family and I have noticed an abundance of Ladybirds this
year, they seem to be everywhere, in our garden, on fence posts,
in the long grass, on the stone dyke, in the flower beds, in the
log pile, I'm so pleased as last year we barely found any.
It's always a real treat at Newcastleton wildlife group if we
find a ladybird on one of our many bug hunts, they are like
the cherry on top of our findings.
Our Jenny wrens have had a bumper year too. I love them,
they are such comical birds to follow and study. So petite and perfect.
The wild flower seeds my wildlife group sowed way back in spring,
have flourished and thrived , they took a lot of watering in those
hot weeks, but the work has been so worthwhile. The insects have
been buzzing around them, drawn by their beautiful colours
The annual Holm show took place in our village on the last
Saturday of the month.
In past years we have entered chickens, rabbits, dogs and horses,
but this year we decided instead to enter a few things in the industrial
tent, things that didn't need watered and checked all day. My son Jake entered the Walking Stick section with a couple of sticks
he made himself at workshops held by local expert Drew Oliver.
Great skills like these need to be kept going and Jake was thrilled
to win a 3rd place rosette.
I entered a few paintings and drawings, gaining two 1st places and
We also had a very special reason to celebrate this month - with my daughter Amber's tenth birthday.
My exhibition at Woodside comes to an end this week, I was the
artist in residence for the month of August. I love this place,
it has such a great garden centre and cafe.
Things to look out for this month
* swallows gathering
*any autumnal colours yet?
*grey or red squirrels, continue reporting them . THANK YOU
*Ladybirds, have you spotted any?
Just enjoy the wildlife wherever you live, I know I do Till next time,
happy nature watching xx