nature & wildlife


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Busy bees are quite difficult to photograph, they aren’t very good at staying still and posing, I have only managed to get a few photos on our travels during the month and in my own garden.

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This little bee however was much easier to photograph, this is Melissa, her name comes from the Greek and means ‘bee’.

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Since I started making my bunnies I’ve realised that over the past four years, I’ve made a ‘bee girl’ each year!

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Albert Einstein

Whether Mr Einstein was right or wrong and I must agree it does all sound very logical to me, we have to look after our bees!

Thanks as always for dropping by, have a wonderful weekend. :)

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As mentioned in my last post during July my Hb and I have had some lovely days out visiting gardens, parks, castles and the seaside.

The weather didn’t always behave itself but in this country if you waited for the sun to always shine, well quite frankly you wouldn’t get very far.

So these are just a few photos of some of our days out.

The above photo is the lovely lavender lined paths in the gardens at Clotworthy House at Antrim Castle Gardens.

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Antrim Castle gardens are always well worth a visit.

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Another place well worth the visit is the walled garden at Bangor Castle, it is particularly well cared for with many flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs.

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These amazing sunflowers (my favourite flowers) were at the entrance to Ward Park, Banger, Co Down, for a moment I actually could have believed I was back in France, the sun was even shining that day!!

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Somewhere else we always love to visit at this time of year is Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park in Belfast for ‘Rose Week’.

The roses are stunning!!

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Just a shame I can’t share the scent.

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Of course no summer would be complete without a visit to the seaside (cue the not-so-sunny skies again).

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The seaside photos were all taken at Groomsport, Co Down.

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It wasn’t a day for playing in the sand and making sand castles but we did enjoy a lovely walk!

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Speaking of sand, I’d like you to meet my new little bunny….her name is Sandy and she’s a beachy kind of girl!

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Thank you to those of you who took the time to comment on my last post.

Just as I was about to publish it I realised it was my 500th post, so I had a little secret giveaway of all you lovelies who left a comment on that post and the number chosen was 13, who was Helen, so a little pack of goodies are on their way to you Helen.

Again thank you to all of you who so faithfully visit and leave me a comment, I really do appreciate them all.

Wishing you all a happy new week! :)

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It’s bluebell time again and ‘my park’ is blue with them…..so, so beautiful!!!

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The wild garlic is in bloom too…..

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…..as are the lovely marsh marigolds.

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The bluebells are out in my garden too, not native ones but lovely all the same.

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I have strawberries-in-the-making.

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And lots of other pretties too!

I’m so glad I got to see the bluebells in bloom before I go off on my holidays tomorrow, I know that by the time I get back they will all be over for another year…so pretty but so brief.

Something else that has been growing over the past couple of weeks……

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…..the May Girls!

So my friends I will ‘see’ you all soon, take care, I’ll still be on Instagram if you wish to keep up with me!

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à bientôt :)

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In my last post I hoped for better weather, well my wish came true, we really couldn’t have had better weather for Easter and with my Hb off for the week we made the most of our days.

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After a lovely lunch out on Easter Sunday we headed to Hillborough Forest park for a walk, where nature was beginning to wake up.

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We took a walk around the historic village of Hillsborough too, this is the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland.

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Divis Mountain, the highest peak in the Belfast Hills was our destination on another day out.

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And as you can see we made to the summit (that makes it sound like Everest!), not too hard really and the thought of the flask of tea and the chocolate Easter egg in my Hb’s backpack to enjoy at the top, spurred us me on!!

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The views of Belfast city from the top of Divis are pretty amazing!

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If you’ve ever flown into Belfast International Airport you will flown round behind this mountain and if you’ve never flown into Belfast International, then why not???? Come and visit us, it’s lovely here and we’re very friendly! :)

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On another daytrip we drove through Carrickfergus on our way to Whitehead, Carrickfergus has a brilliant Norman castle.

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Belfast Lough looked almost Mediterranean on that day!!

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In Whitehead they like to paint their houses pretty colours, some bright and ………………

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……………….some pastel.

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This is Portmore Nature Reserve which is run by the RSPB, it was on the BBC’s Countryfile programme a few weeks back where they featured Irish Hares which are flourishing there. We thought we would pay them a visit in the hope of seeing some. Sadly not, the hares live beyond the lapwings breeding area and no one was getting anywhere near that at this time of year and rightly so, I would have liked to have seen the hares though.

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On the way back from Portmore we drove around the shore of Lough Neagh, the grasses were very pretty in the sunshine.

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The gorgeous weather has meant some garden time too which has been great.

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There have even been opportunities for some stash enhancement over the past week too because you know how it is, I have very little yarn! ;)

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And of course I have made time for some bunny making as well, with a start made on the April Girls.

All in all it has been a lovely Easter with temperatures reaching 20 degrees C on most days, my favourite time of year was certainly everything I hoped it would be.

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It has snowed, it’s no secret I’m not a fan, it’s still doing it too, soft gentle flakes, the sun is shining though and even I have to admit it is pretty when you’re in the house looking out. I do have to go out unfortunately but it will be brief so I can get back to the fire. As a nation we don’t cope well with snow, even amounts as little as this! There is the threat of more as well, brrrr!

The cats aren’t quite sure what to make of this white stuff all over their garden, there has been a lot of tip toeing through it to find a little clear spot under a tree or bush.

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So it will be a quick race around the shops and back to bunny making for me today, the Valentine Girls are on their way!

My boy is home from Berlin this weekend, it’s his birthday on Monday, so it will be a weekend of celebrating, whatever the weather!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend too, thanks as always for visiting! :)

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Happy new year everyone and welcome to pre-spring!!!

Now for anyone not yet familiar with the Green Rabbit Calendar, please let me explain……

January & February ~ Pre-Spring
March, April & May ~ Spring
June, July, August & September ~ Summer
October & November ~ Autumn
December ~ Winter

Much better than the conventional one, don’t you think!

While out and about in my garden this week I found many signs of spring and my goodness we’ve had some lovely blue skies and quite an obvious lengthening of the day which is of course all music to my ears.

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So another year has passed and generally speaking 2014 was quite a quiet year and that’s exactly how I like a year to be.

There were some sad times when we lost two of our little animals friends, the tragic loss of little Jessie cat and then her old dad Rocky a couple of weeks later, we will never forget either of them.

As far as my blog was concerned though, 2014 was mostly a year of bunnies and flowers.

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This collage proves that there was something in bloom in my garden during every month of 2014.

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And then there were the bunnies, all 81 of them, now living all over the world, I have enjoyed making them throughout the year and I’ve already started on the 2015 bunnies!!

Just before we get this year going I would like to thank the lovely Geraldine of Wool and Cats who presented me with ‘The Peace and Harmony Award’ at the end of 2014, not a title that I’m convinced I’m worthy off but I do appreciate her kindness. Geraldine is more than deserving of it though with her work with animal shelters and her love of nature, please give her blog a visit to see her wonderful photos of the beautiful area of France where she lives. As with all awards I’m supposed to pass it on to seven others but I’m not very good at that so I’m going to pass it on to all of you, I’m sure we all try to do our best for this world we live in.

So here we are at the beginning of a bright new shiny year and I love that!

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year and to quote C.S.Lewis “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Happy 2015! :)

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Happy Winter Solstice!

It’s no secret how much I love and look forward to this day, probably from about the end of September, truth be told! I feel the worst is over, now I know we may have lots of poor weather to come but it’s all about the light, the light is coming back and that feels so good. Tomorrow even though we won’t even notice it will have slightly more daylight than today and that is a wonderful thought.

I had a walk around the garden this week and even in depths of December there is colour out there but more importantly there is so much hope in the form of bulbs and buds, just bring it on!!!

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However I’m not so caught up in pre-spring that I’m overlooking Christmas, it is of course happening here at GRD HQ. My son is home from Berlin this evening and along with my daughter and son-in-law we’ll have a lovely festive week together as a family.

Merry Christmas 2014

I’d like to thank you all for visiting me here this year, it is always lovely to have you stop by and leave your wonderful comments, which are always appreciated.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas with those you love!

See you all in pre-spring! :)

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