Polygonia c-album (comma butterfly)

Our garden is continuing to mature, we have selected and grown plants to encourage bees and insects. The pretty mauve coloured verbena bonariensis has been popular with bees and especially with the comma butterfly, this is identified by a small white c on the underside of the wing.

A couple of days in North Norfolk


We stayed at a caravan park in West Runton, between Cromer and Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast. We arrived early afternoon, and after a short while, we were off down to the coast, an ice cream and a walk along the beach, collecting pebbles.

The next morning, the weather was dull and cloudy, rain threatened, but we set off to Sheringham park. The rhododendrons were still in glorious flower, the viewing platforms revealed a sea of floral delight.

The rain held off and it was lovely to wander around these beautiful gardens, afterwards we drove into Sheringham for a cool drink.






That evening we walked to a viewpoint overlooking the coastline and enjoyed seeing the sun setting over the sea.







The next morning we parked at Beeston Regis and walked along a footpath to the Priory.




It is a tranquil setting, the ponds are still evident.





We crossed the railway line and headed towards the coast and Beeston Hill or “bump”.



From the top of the hill, there is a view over the caravan sites towards Cromer in the distance.






We decided to walk into Sheringham for lunch.



The Crown pub is very popular, we sat outside enjoying the music and great food.

We walked back to the car.





That evening we decided to walk up Incleborough hill. With again views over the sea and Cromer.





The next day, our last morning, we drove into Cromer and walked along the seafront, we had a tour of the lifeboat station and watched lots of people catching crabs on the pier.

Holiday in Almeria

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday, a week staying at the Hotel Barcelo in Cabo de Gata. Our room overlooked the bay of Almeria we could see and hear the planes, landing and taking off from the airport.

The weather was quite perfect, the first day we had a trip planned with the naturalist Jesus Contreras and a few other birding experts.






Here are images of some of the birds we spotted.

The group identified over 50 species of birds, if you would like a list of the birds please click on the contact page.

Here are some other photos