Light up your garden come rain or shine!


Hope all is well? It’s pollen time at home, the cars look like Mary Berry has taken a huge sieve of yellow icing sugar and decorated our cars with it! The pollen comes from the many Pine trees we have around us and it is quite a messy problem for a week or two – it rained yesterday and you could see rivers of yellow pollen running down the drive, even non hay fever sufferers like myself are affected!  That’s one downside to Pine trees, but there are many upsides, particularly if you love wildlife as I do.

This time of year is amazing for spotting all kinds of creatures, particularly birds as they desperately search for food for their young. We set up an inexpensive food station and we’ve had some colourful visitors already, I’ve shared the great spotted woodpecker with you today. Yes! I’ve got a new toy!


It’s just a quick blog today as I’ll be back in touch early next week but I was out in the garden with my camera last night – in the dark! Not usually great for photography but I had the magical beauty of our TSV for this Sunday – The Crackle Ball Glass Solar Lights – these are Giants! I bought a similar design but in a more compact form a couple of years ago and these seem twice the size! They morph between green, red and blue or they can be set to clear/white light with the flick of a switch.

They charge up their batteries during the day and come on as darkness falls. The effect from the “crackle”glass is magical as they throw light off in different directions and is particularly effective in illuminating with a soft glow any plants or flowers close by.


Back next week, in the meantime I hope you can catch me on ‘The Lunchtime Show’ with varied co-hosts and Guests all having an informal, but informative chat !

Dale x

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