And then there were four...

Nesting swallows – 2018 brood takes to the air

Good news! Our nesting swallows from last year have returned to us again. At least, we assume this is the same pair, moving back into their nest from last year. And it obviously saves time not having to rebuild your home from scratch, as we’ve reached the fledging stage some 2 weeks earlier (June 6th…

Cyclamen in flower

All hail Spring!

March is certainly throwing a serious amount of weather at us, and such a variety too! After last week’s snowfall and overnight frosts, we’d resumed a more normal temperature, and were really enjoying some quite warm balmy days. And then this morning, we were caught totally unawares by a hailstorm as we took our walk…

High on the new growth

Beware the pine processionary moth!

Now here’s a thing I hadn’t seen before – a very large webbed nest up high in an Aleppo pine tree. Was there some form of large spider building these? For there were three similar to be seen on the same tree, each one about the size of a rugby ball or football. When we…

Mosses and lichens - miniature landscape

Discovering mosses and lichens

When I was writing about the wildflowers and plants of Hvar, I intended to include a couple of photos of mosses. I was greatly taken with the feathery green clumps I’d seen on shady walls and paths through the local woodland. However, having worked hard to identify the flowering plants, I was completely intimidated by…

Vines with last year's growth

Winter textures in the landscape

With the lower level of light in December and January, I’ve been noticing more textures and patterns as we’re out and about on the local trails. The slanting sun is great at picking out the underlying structures and surfaces in a cool, muted colour palette. In this vineyard, for example, last year’s growth shows as…