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Life in the forest


We have a dog. Here he is –

It has, you may have noticed, been rather wet this winter. As a consequence, the immediate bit of forest outside the back gate is waterlogged. As a result I now bundle dog into car and drive around the corner (three minutes). Where I can park off road and gaze upon this view.

It’s tough, but it has to be done! :)

Meanwhile back in the garden; Things are on the move…
Iris unguicularis ‘Mary Barnard’.

Then there is this little fella to contend with. Not that I mind him, he rewards me with a song both morning and evening.

This is just greedy for space to flower..
Helleborus x ericsmithii

And these too are ever faithful.
Cyclamen coum

All in all, the garden grows…

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smart looking dog i love dogs ,we always love the song of the thrush but i dont think there are as many about here the last couple of years they are good at getting snails out of the garden

25 Feb, 2014


what a glorious blog. love the plants and what type of pooch, his tail looks saluki ish.

25 Feb, 2014


I agree what a glorious blog,
I like you have a woods just 3 mins walk out of our gates and it never fails to show me a very different picture everytime i walk through it,

Ive found huge old trees with cut out 'by nature" perfect stand-up soldiers sentry guard box's,
The most beautiful spiders webs going from tree to tree and of cause the verious creatures all going about their day to day life, the woodpecker adding that tapping sound and verious birds all to willing to sing for free,

We really do have a wonderful countryside if only people would take notice of it and "F.C." has got it all here in picture form but it get's even better in real life form,

Well done factualcat and thanks for sharing it with us.

25 Feb, 2014


What beautiful pictures, and a great shot of that lovely thrush.

25 Feb, 2014


Oh that view is worth getting the car out for, I certainly don't blame you, your dog is very handsome standing there very proudly surveying his domain, lol.. Smashing photo's Fractual, nice one of the Thrush, theres one visits my garden and its song sure is a treat to listen to...

25 Feb, 2014


Is the forest the forest of Dean, lovely dog you have and the view is lovely , a very pretty Helleborus and to hear the Thrush singing tops it all.

25 Feb, 2014


Thanks for the comments.
Dog is a whippet, mostly.
Yes, 'tis the FoD.
Thrush was a rare visitor last year. This year he is getting to like the cast-off from the niger seed feeder and has been rummaging around for weeks. He is very good at finding the snails too.

26 Feb, 2014

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