Thursday 31 March 2016

Gate Number Seven

This will be my seventh quinta gate for Good Fences, not because I can't find other kinds of gates, but because I like to share all things traditional about Portugal. This entrance gate is of a farm, or large country estate, "that is really what quinta means," and they are found in Portugal and Spain.

The initials A and C are entwined at the top, which is unusual for a quinta gate.

I will be taking a break from blogging for a while, as friends of ours are staying with us next month. I'll be back some time in May.
GOOD FENCES My thanks to Theresa for hosting Good Fences. Just click on the link to see more gates railings and fences from around the world.

Saturday 26 March 2016

Juvenile Sqirrels and Jays

I have been seeing quite a number of juvenile squirrels in the garden.

It was surpriseing to see such a tiny squirrel. It is not the same as the one in the above photo.

A mature Jay

All these pictures were a little dark, so I
had to lighten them, especially this one, as the sqirrels head was in the shade.

A cute encounter of two juvies, seen and captured through our pateo doors. This squirrel was a different colour.

Playing  Catch me if you can!

A juvenile looking a little perplexed perhaps!

This box measures 10 x 10 cent, yet this cuttie pie fit comfortably inside

The moment she saw me! Hello Baby!:)

I'D RATHER B BIRDIN Many thanks to our gracious hosts Stewart, Eileen, and Anni. Check out their memes, by clicking on these links, and you won't be disapointed.

Wednesday 23 March 2016

A Mill House for Good Fences.

When the sun shines, the outdoors becken, and we call our jaunts adventures, which they are in a way, because we never know what we will discover on our travels. It doesn't  need to be anything in particular, although I'm always on the lookout for fences and gates, so I was kind of disapointed when I saw that the fence in front of this little mill house is hardly discernible in my photos, but I'm sharing them anyway for Good Fences

Two drive by shots of this little mill house.

GOOD FENCESMany thanks to Theresa for hosting,and if you would like to join in the fun, just click on the link Good Fences.

Saturday 19 March 2016

Sunday 13 March 2016

Caterpillar Quandary for Good Fences.

Our Balcony where I found the caterpillar on a potted fern.

I took off a frond to better photograph them.

A closer look at the design. This caterpillar will eventually become a moth.

The moth is a Callopistria Latreillei,  Latriell's Latin Moth. I took my fill of photographs, and...

a view from the balcony.

When it moved underneath to munch away at the tender leaves. I turned the frond upside down.

I eventually relocated it to some other ferns in a sheltered spot, but not on my balcony or garden.

Our back fence covered in Sta Teresa Roses.

A view of our front driveway with the Azáleas in full bloom.
There are thousands of European caterpillars, and I have seen several hundreds of images to look for an ID, but none of them look like this one. I'm hoping that someone might recognize it! My thanks to fellow blogger and good friend Nick Morgan fom Butterfly Pictures, for finding the ID of this pretty caterpiller. The name is Callopistria latreillei Latrielles Latin Moth. Thank you again Nick!:)

Saturday 12 March 2016


A pair of Blackcaps have taken up residence in my garden, both the female

and male are very possessive of this new feeder.

especially the female, who is most confrontational with any bird who comes near.

There have been a few altercations between the Blackcaps and The Great tits.
My daughter Eva gave me this new feeder at Christmas, and I love it but couldn't find a place near enough to the house to hang it, so that I could take photos through the window. In the end I hung it near our fish pond,...where I could still see it, albeit a little far away, and here are some of the captures I took this week.

One Coal Tit with the Great Tit, who seems to be checking out the other birds!:)

The Blue Tits just wait patiently until the Blackcaps move away, but they don't linger.

There are a pair of Great Tits also in the garden, and I'm hoping to get a shot of them both together one day


The Coal Tits are often chased away by the Blackcap female, who hides in the vines overhead.

The Crested Tits were the first birds to inspect the new feeder.

Besides the birds shared here, the Robins and a Long-tailed Tit and Greenfinches have paid visits to the feeder.
I am linking this post to the following memes.


Thursday 10 March 2016

At last a Butterfly, and a Gate for Good Fences.

The Comma Nymphalis c-album (Nymphalidae)

The sombre underwings are marked with a white shape.

It's one of the most distinctive European butterflies because of the colour and shape of it's wings.

It's ragged margins are easily recognizable even in silhouette.  Here are a few of last summers sightings.

Flight period is from March -September, in two broods.

It is widespread and common, and I love to see it in my garden.

Last but not least a gate for Thereas meme Good Fences, with these lovely Trumpet flowers.


Friday 4 March 2016

Garden Flowers and Critters.

It's a long time since I shared a few flowers from the garden, and Camelias are looking pretty just now.

The early Daffodils didn't last long, but I enjoyed their cheerful yellow blooms whilst they lasted.

Another Camelia, .. I  love them, and the garden soil is acidic so they do really well, as do the Azaleas.

This delicate pink Camelia is not in bloom at this time of year, but I wanted to share it with you today.

One last Camelia,

This Mole Cricket found in our pool, was recued by hubby, and immediately started to burrow underground. They make extensive tunnel systems that may reach a depth of over a metre
The European Mole Cricket,  Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa, the scientific name derives from the latin, "gryllus" meaning cricket, and "talpa" mole, because of it's similarity to the mole both in looks and subterranean habits. It's body is brown, and covered in fine velvity hairs, and the forelegs are modified for digging.

We were going down towards our main gate, when we saw this pretty duck sitting by one of our water tanks

If you would like to see more critters or birds, click on the links below. My thanks to Stewart, Eileen, and Anni for hosting these wonderful memes. WILD BIRD WEDNESDAYS
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