Sunday, 19 October 2014

Old Knobbley-- a special tree!

I thought that you would like to know that Old Knobbley, the ancient Oak tree that lives in Mistley, is one of ten finalists  in The Woodland Trust’s contest to find England’s Favourite Tree of the Year. They were selected from over 200 trees that were   nominated by the public.
Old Knobbley is special. He has a website, a presence on Facebook and a beautifully illustrated children’s book about the events that he has lived through during his long life.  My daughter Morag is passionate about growing and protecting trees.   This is top of her list of “must do" activities to help our environment,
On your Farm devoted part of their program on Monday to The Woodland Trust. Since then there has been a lot of interest from the  national and local media.
Please support Old Knobbley NOW by voting on The Woodland Trust's website.   You have until  November 3rd.  All you need is an email address.

Meanwhile you can keep up to date with events by looking at his special Vote for Me page on Facebook.


Please share this with your friends and colleagues and encourage them to vote.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Watery delights

These are just some of the photos that I've taken near our new pond.


With thanks to Ispot, this is a Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly (Libellula depressa). It was hovering over this twig and dipping it's abdomen down onto it. Laying eggs!


Another Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly. There were quite a few of these darting  across the water.

A saw one lone swallow and these busy House Martins. Difficult to get them in focus from a distance.They seen to be gathering mud. for  their nest building.



This is the first damselfly that I've seen in the wood. They need water to complete their life cycle.


                                      This male blackbird was enjoying a quick dip.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Just a few scarecrows from the First World War.

 With thanks to Elmsett School's textile bank for lending me the clothes, but not the hat!
 The school's scarecrow is reading a copy of Michael Murpogo's Private Peaceful. No problems with finding suitable clothing for this.
 The Elmsettf and Aldham  Newsletter team sent this village postie.
 These three children waiting to be evacuated to a safer home were the BEST IN SHOW. Well done the Seeley family!
Edith, the nurse was patiently waiting for the next patient, but was so tired that she fell asleep by the end of the afternoon and had to be helped to a spot where she could lean against  tree! (with help from the Parkinson family)
For a number of people, this was the first time that they had looked round the wood since they helped with planting the trees and we received  lots compliments from villagers and newcomers.Some more Buckle's Wood bags were sold-  an added bonus.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Pond-life.

Had a wander in the wood to see if the pond was still brimful following the rain last week --and it was!



Then, a lovely surprise. On the way home,  I paused again at the pond I snapped this little creature which came up for air and and then disappeared into the murky water. A Water Boatman, perhaps.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Return of the scarecrows.

Saturday 14 June

A date to remember

Lady Charity has great pleasure in inviting all her friends and relations to a day out in Buckle's Wood. We shall be remembering our ancestors who  lived during the First World War. Dress optional, but appropriate for the occasion!

Some body give Bertie a prod, otherwise he'll miss the prize giving.
More details to follow.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Mass plug planting


The school children spent a busy, last afternoon of term, planting the wildflower plugs that we bought from Shrublands Park Nursery. Catherine Stitt from the Nursery described the qualities of each plant,and added details of how they were used as remedies in bygone days. Help from Catherine,Jackie and Margaret, Anna and Mac was much appreciated by all!
A temporary wire netting fence surrounds the plants to keep them safe from the rabbits and hopefully they will merge in with the other all the other wildflowers over the summer.

I thought the Barn Owl box would not be occupied this year, so it was good top see a pair of Jackdaws popping in and out, whilst keeping an eye on me and flying off when I got too close!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Ready to plant the plugs

Caroline, from Shrublands Nursery will bring the wildflower plugs up to the wood this Friday afternoon.
An exciting end of term activity for the children at Elmsett School. Luckily Caroline has offered to talk about the special qualities of these plants and answer any tricky questions!
All the flowers ,Bettony, Cowslips, Meadow Buttercup ,Ragged Robin and yarrow, are suitable for sunny spots,
We shall plant the Foxgloves  elsewhere.