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  • Winter 2014/15 - Photo Competition

    Our Winter 2014 photo competition is open for entries!

    Winter is coming and autumn colours become richer. It is a late autumn and the hedgerows still have leaf and berry (and even flowers). But we may get snow, and surely frost. Birds will be coming closer to human dwellings hunting through hedging looking for food and water as will badgers, foxes, squirrels not to mention Heffalumps and Woozles...

    Water looks great at this time of year and black and white photography comes into its own as we get closer to Christmas. Oh - did someone mention c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s ? A whole bunch of photo opportunities there.

    So our Winter photo competition aims to capture all of the above – the themes this time are:

    "A Spirit of Christmas..." or "A Winter's Tale"

    The closing date for entries is midnight on Valentine's Day, 14th February 2015. The three winners will be contacted via email by 20th February.

    There's nearly £200 in vouchers up for grabs so give it a shot!
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  • Apple and Celeriac Salad with Walnuts

      Celeriac and Apple Salad with Walnuts Serves 4 Ingredients: ½ a Celeriac, peeled and cut into matchsticks-on a mandolin, if you have one 3 Apples, using a variety of red and green, cut into match sticks on your mandolin 2 tablespoons of Chopped Parsley ¼ Red Onion, very finely...
  • Of Peregrine Falcons and other top predators

    It’s well into Autumn, but the sun is out and I’m in a t-shirt and feeling hot. In every direction I look I see nothing but open grassland intersected bordered with native hedging. Only the distant sound of sporadic machine gun fire detracts from the ageless landscape. I seem to have...
  • Why Willows and Drains do not Mix...

    A video on why willows and drains should not be too close together...
  • Stewart's November Bee Blog

    Since I started this blog I have rattled on about all the positives of bees and beekeeping, and paid scant attention to the travails that befall the humble bees. I have alluded to the odd problem or two, and I try not to be too pessimistic, but a recently published...
  • Stewart's Bee Blog October 2014

    What a beekeeping season it’s been: a record year. The one we have been waiting for since Adam was a lad. I mentioned that last month, but, now it is all out of the hives and most of it has been put into jars, we can relax a bit. We...
  • Gardening for Bats

    Bats are a wonderful barometer of the "health of your garden. Encourage them in with plants insects love.
  • Blackberry and Apple Upside down cake

    Just the best squidgy cake This is a superb cake for early autumn. It sort of helps ease the passing of summer and reminds one why the seasons change.  Blackberry and apple is a classic combination and wrapped up in a super moist sponge they take on an extra...
  • Reasons To Be Cheerful

    Swallows ready to leave the UK Swallows ready to leave the UK When the weatherman announced that the 1st of September was, in meteorological terms, the beginning of autumn, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who inwardly sighed at the loss of summer. This summer has been good...
  • Stewart's Bee Blog - September 2014

    There’s an autumnal feel today, isn’t there? The prophets of doom will be the first to say it, and indeed, they have already started. What an excellent summer we have had though. It wasn’t as hot as last year and it certainly wasn’t as wet as 2012. It was a...

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