Tuesday, 6 October 2015


The Pied Flycatcher  Ficedula hypoleuca






Saturday, 3 October 2015

Morning Magic.

The Jersey Tiger Moth  Euplagia quadripunctaria









Seen early morning in my garden, this striking moth is one of the most attractive of the Tiger moths. It flies both in the daytime, when it can be found feeding on various flowers, as well as at night, when it is attracted to light.I first published the Tiger moth in 2012, when I saw one in the garden at night, and this is only my second sighting. The main flight period is July to September,and the hairy larvae feed on a range of herbaceous plants including nettle (Urtica). I am joining in the party at Saturday Critters, just click on the link to see more critters from around the world.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Dog on Beach.

I want to play ball

Please throw the ball.


There it goes

I can't wait for ever, better go in and get it!

Got it!

That was fun!

Hope he throws it again!

Again please!
In the winter months I see a quite a few dogs on the beach, when dog owners are allowed on the beach with their pets. One dull day last year in October however I spotted this one in the distance,and couldn't resist taking a few shots. I'm linking up with Eileen on Saturday's Critters where you can see any type of critter from all over the world. If you would like to see them just click on the link, and join in if you can.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Grape Harvest

Our grape harvest has just finished, and this year we had a bumper crop and here are a few photos to share. The bright sunlight casts so many dark shadows, but you will get an idea of what went on. Our grapes are made into wine on the property for our own consumption, (one glass a day, for me) and it is also sold locally. It is mostly made into a wine called green wine Vinho Verde, which is a very light dry wine, and can be either white or red.













The Vindimas/Grape Harvest, lasted thee days and a hearty meal was provided each day when the wine flowed freely, and much laughter and story telling went on in the company of old friends and neighbours.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Green Gate with Granary

Always on the look-out for something for Good Fences, I was very pleased to come across a gate with an Espigueiro on top, which is a very unusual sight, as they are usually built from the ground up on four blocks of granite. Espigeiros are little granaries made of wood and granite of ancient contruction.
They are narrow rectangular structures used for drying and storing corn, and they dot the country-side of northern Portugal. Some date back to the eighteenth century and have crosses on top to bless and protect the corn. Perhaps not the best exemple of an Espigeiro but an unexspected and interesting find nevertheless.  

To carry on with the G theme here are a few juvanile greenfinches seen on the same outing.

One more look at the green gate with Espigeiro seen from the road.



Sunday, 13 September 2015

Sea Stars at the Seaside








This is embarrassing, I did Not mean to publish this post just yet. I was editing it when it disapeared from my screen, only to reappear as my latest post. I will have to be more careful in future. Well I might as well finish editing it, here goes. The Starfish or Seastar are sea invertebrates, usually with five arms, thousands of tiny tube feet and a mouth at the centre of the oral,or lower surface. Most can regenerate damaged parts or lost arms. I found them washed up on the rocks, and the seagulls were pecking at them, so I threw them back into the sea where they could regenerate without being disturbed.
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