Keeping Busy, Keeping Warm

The grounds of the Priory can be a scary place when the wind gets up. Even the largest trees twist and sway alarmingly; creaking, groaning and occasionally hurling down dead branches.  Generally, I think of trees as benign stalwarts but in high winds, I keep a wary eye on them and avoid walking beneath those … Continue reading Keeping Busy, Keeping Warm


Snipping Amphibians …

... is, I imagine, an unpleasant experience and one I try to avoid. Common Toad - Nov 2011 The gardens at The Priory are watery.  They contain two large ponds, lots of drainage ditches and are bordered on one side by a mighty, broad river.  (Or a little brook - depending on how big you … Continue reading Snipping Amphibians …

‘Ware the Toad

A few weeks ago, I was walking down a woodland path when I came across a toad.  Some people aren't too fond of  toads,  but I most certainly am.  Something reassuringly good and honest about a toad; despite their rough and ready wartyness. This one was just enjoying the sun and the view and making … Continue reading ‘Ware the Toad