100 Days almost of Blogger’s block!

April is here in Navasola and the warblers have arrived and in full song. There seems to have been so much happening that I have lost the routine of blogging but have often taken photos and thought of posts I could write! So here are some images of my nature journey at Navasola and nearby over the past three months. There have been other journeys and certainly there is a lot to think about in the world today and particularly for the environmental health of the planet we and so many other species depend on. But for now this is about the beauty of nature and perhaps this is a way for me to do some ‘warm up’ writing and get back to sharing posts.

Large Cloud Butterfly over the house in cloudy January or perhaps an angel to help with the final stages of building work!


Saharan red dust rained down on us in February!

An early celandine at Navasola

In February the celandine began to appear but at Navasola there were few. Β We went for a lovely Mexican meal at a Finca of some friends on the south side of the valley and there were so many celandine there! They also have some special water places for the amphibians of the Sierra as they are also very interested in conservation of the native flora and fauna.

There are a few white tailed bumblebees about at this time. A year ago I wrote a poem about them for Dverse poets and then found a drowned one. It was thought to be dead but on putting it in the sun it slowly dried out. This year I went through’ the same procedure as last year’ with another white tail. It was a cold day so I tried to shield it and with a bit of sunshine it’s fur dried first and finally the wings. Now in April there are many of them up in the cherry blossom tree. Perhaps the small acts of kindness do help more than we can know!

Sugar water to help an almost drowned white tailed bumblebee

At the end of February and the beginning of March we had friends to stay as the mimosa blossomed, my winter vegetable garden could be harvested and my few daffodils delighted me. Then I went to England and was regaled by so many daffodils in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

We return late March to vibrant viburnum blossoms and a lone blue iris in my vegetable plot. This has been there since I started planting and seems to be self seeded. Nothing to do with me! But the three white irises are my doing but I didn’t arrange the wild rocket flowers to frame them so elegantly. The anemones were past their best but had spread out in the veg garden and had a fading beauty. And some wild tassel hyacinths beginning to bud.They are all flowers but in the veg plot and for some of the garden flowers some of the wild ones are thirsty drinkers of precious water! And far more capable of rapid growth too! The chickweed and clover will help with nitrogen fixing as long as I cut back a bit soon. Plenty of jobs to do.


I have managed to edit much more of my novel but it seems to take longer than I thought. However, I have thought about a sequel to it too! I hope to be back to blogging again and may try a different slant. I have tried to keep up with some blog posts and look forward to spending the hotter part of the day reading more. Good wishes to you all from Navasola.


25 thoughts on “100 Days almost of Blogger’s block!”

  1. Hi πŸ™‚
    Good to see you back. πŸ™‚ Love looking at the flower photos, the different plants and scenery, and hearing about the nature and other adventures. πŸ™‚

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  2. Your irises are absolutely stunning! It’s finally spring in Oregon too and I was here to see the daffodils bloom this year. Leaving for Portugal and other European stops in a few weeks.

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  3. I haven’t posted a while either although I have photos filed for about 5 blogs! I hope to get back to it this weekend. I had never thought of trying to rescue a “drowned” bumblebee but the next time I see one that looks as if it might be lifeless, I will try to do what you did – thanks for mentioning that. Enjoy the rest of your springtime!

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    1. Do post again and photos filed away sounds like me but then I forget them and have to do something more ‘now’. I thought this bumblebee was quite dead but remembered the other one and it was amazing how it revived once out of the water.


  4. Its sad that I missed you in UK..when are you next in UK as I doubt I can get over this side my “retirement”?? Wish I was there now! So beautiful,

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  5. And good wishes to you too! I missed your posts … Your place looks so lush and beautiful .. spring has arrived! I too love saving bumbles that have slipped into water .. they are such lovely little bugs and much needed in our garden πŸ˜ƒ


  6. Hi, lovely to see you again…. thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed your interesting post and the beautiful photos of your garden. The Spring weather looks really fine and glorious! Have a lovely Spring, best to you! πŸ™‚

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  7. Therein lies the dilemma. Blog it or just enjoy it? The beauty of ‘catch-ups’ is that you get to have another look at what grabbed your attention and edit accordingly, rather than post for the sake of it. I love celandines, they are like sunshine on the ground. If your beautiful irises were a little closer together they would look like a colour-reversal of the Picasso painting! Hope your bumblebees are doing well.


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