Category: Elizabeth Mills

Walk around Tagglesmire

Saturday afternoon walk and it was scorching, hadn’t taken a hat and was starting to curl up and go crispy so got my umbrella out and looked a prat but didn’t care. Lots of butterflies about, Small Heath, Small Skippers, Peacocks and antler moths and h…

Friends of Bowland Wildlife Wander 15/07/19

Went along to a wildlife wander held by the Friends of Bowland. The walk started and finished at Dalehead Chapel and took in a visit to Bottom Laithe, a damp meadow with several interesting  plant and insect species.

Fly attacked by fungus

Found this poor fly attached to a leaf stem in the garden, I looked up what was the cause and its probably infected with the fungus Entomophthora muscae and releasing spores that will infect other flies. It devours the flies body fluids over the course…

Ingleborough Archaeology Group Walk

Had a wander around the Ingleton Nature reserve looking at some of the features in a leaflet by the Ingleton Archaeology Group. The path above Southerscales gives a really good view of the village and its now thought it could be up to 1,100 years old. …

Elizabeth Mills 2018-09-26 11:14:00

Autumns here and I am trying to appreciate it although all I can really think is winter is coming. Its not helped by having a bad cold for over a week and having hurt my back sneezing. We have had a couple of frosts this week so I have had to harvest t…

Caterpillars and wasps

We seem to have had an invasion of butterflies recently particularly Large Whites and Small Whites and now they are munching their way through my nasturtiums which to be honest I sow to distract them from my vegetable plot, although the deer and voles …

Growing Sweet Potatoes

I never had sweet potatoes until recently and when I found out how delicious they were in soups and roasted with other veg, I naturally wanted to grow some. Then I looked in the plant catalogues for plants and like my Dad before me on seeing what to me…

Derwent Inktense Pencils

Don’t know why but watercolour pan paints always go mouldy on me. I bought myself some Derwent Inktense Pencils that are water soluble to see if they might be a substitute. I did a quick painting of a Tree Peony Flower today and I am reasonably happy w…

Elizabeth Mills 2018-06-10 11:09:00

This is the time of year when often quite expansive areas of webs appear in some of our hedgerows. They are produced by species of small ermine moths who are seeking safety in numbers and also trying to disguise their prescence from anything that might…

Elizabeth Mills 2018-06-10 10:48:00

The dry spell we have been having has suited the climbing and shrub roses in the garden, most were inherited with the garden or bought from the “sick plant” sections at garden centres cheap ( usually just bone dry) so no labels. The peachy poppies pape…

Flies and Bees

Went for a walk around Whitewell. There were lots of black flies on nettles and flying clumsily around with long legs dangling – these were the St Mark’s flies. There were also lots of Noon flies sunning themselves on leaves.They mate on cow pats and t…

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Tawny Mining Bees

Saturday was really warm and sunny and we had a gentle walk along the riverbank in Newton. Wood anemone , primrose, celandine, marsh marigolds all in flower and lots of Bumble bees, Red Tailed, Buff and Early flying around. Also noticed some really ric…

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Bee-flies and spring

As soon as the “Lollipop Primroses” (Primula Denticulata) start to flower and we get some warm sunny days, I start listening out for a high pitched whine in the garden and looking out for quickly darting and hovering golden furry flies. For me it means…

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Lost Butterflies

At last we are getting butterflies in the garden, we had Large Whites and Green veined Whites at the start of the summer then the occasional Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper but only the occasional Tortoiseshell. Now that the buddleia and teasels are flower…

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Stocks Reservoir

Went for a coffee after work at the cafe at Stocks Fly Fishery. It was lovely, warm and sunny but very breezy which made photographing insects quite challenging. My little camera was up for it though and I got some lovely photos and saw my favoutite fl…

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Elizabeth Mills 2017-07-26 11:20:00

July is a lovely month in the garden, a colourful, buzzing celebration of life ( I’m like Ned Stark though, even in high summer, I keep thinking “Winter is coming!”) I spent ages trying to photograph this cute little bee, it has really fluffy front leg…

Greendale Wood

Had an enjoyable evening “walk”(273m) arranged by Clitheroe Naturalists around Greendale Wood, Grindleton. I think the poor weather forecast put people off as only three of us turned up. The weather threatened all the time with the odd spot of rain and…

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Bluebells Spring Wood

On Friday evening we went for a walk around Spring Wood in Whalley, the bluebells were fantastic and the wild garlic is starting to show too.The pond we made from an old header tank with the holes filled in has been a great hit with the frogs, there we…