These tiny spotted beetles (top left of image) spent the whole day in the bush outside our room mating. Twosomes, threesomes, foursomes – beetles, it seems, have a really good and varied time in the mating season. Lucky them!
I came across this little chap whilst I was wandering around the mountains in Crete today. He or she wasn’t best pleased to see me and soon scampered off. We’ve been trying to work out whether anyone owns the goats or whether they are just wild…
Join me here in wonderful Crete as we listen to a large herd of sheep passing close to the chalet where we are staying at the Vritomartis Naturist Resort in Crete. The sound of sheep bells (the sheep have bells around their necks for some reason) really is one of the wonderful sounds you will hear on this most delightful Greek Island. I can also highly recommend the Vritomartis Naturist Resort. A wonderful hotel in all respects.
Join us as we listen to a group of crows squabbling over something…
The Croc Lady – Richard Broom Photography
Katy’s favourite balls, wonderfully coloured and they whistle as they fly through the air.
…and a bit of sanity returns to this blog (for the moment at least)
Now a nice home for insects and, unfortunately for the insects, a feeding station for woodpeckers…
The Ex-Tree – Richard Broom Photography
Water from the stream always tastes better…
It’s my hole and I’ll dig if I want to!
Here’s the little scoundrel, as ever, looking pleased with herself. No shame!
It was going to be a photograph of some interesting shells that were stuck to the rocks on the beach. Then Katy, our dog, stepped into shot. She is no appreciator of my artistic endeavours!
These hungry and persistent chickens will search out food just about anywhere…
Vegetarians step away from the blog! Just help land 9 boxes of these little critters from a trawler that arrived at MacDuff Harbour about an hour ago. Until I started this job (harbour night-watchman), I had no idea it was possible to catch prawns this size in the waters off the coast of Scotland.
Where else would bats hang out?
Katy wrangles a stick in a loch in the Scottish Highlands.
PS: Our dog has never caught a rabbit (and so she ain’t no friend of mine – ha ha ha!)
They really are like little wind-up toys!
A seal watching me walk the dog today off Boyndie Beach, Banff, Scotland.
Our dog, Katy ( fries stabij), searching for tennis balls lost by other people in amongst the rocks on Boyndie Beach, near to Banff, Scotland. Finding tennis balls has become something of an obsession for our dog.
Queue might just be the newest collective noun…
At first we thought it was a sheep but then, look at its head, it looks like a cow. It must be a cross between a sheep and a cow and so it is a sheow!
Katy needs four-paw-drive to get through some of the fast-flowing, mountain-fed, streams here in Scotland…
One of the many sea chickens we see around here….
A seal waves its tail in the air whilst sitting on a rock close to Banff, Scotland.
Katy, now aged four years…
Katy when she was just a few weeks old…
My pal Katy waiting for me to throw the ball…
Katy gets used to having a massive beach to run around on….
Just one of the critters who scamper up and down on the grass next to where out boat is tied up.
The red and yellow beaked mini-chicken and its mother in the background seen near our boat today.
Another scary beast seen on the streets of Amsterdam yesterday. Run for cover!
A dangerously ferocious, highly unpredictable and hungry llama seen stalking the streets of Amsterdam yesterday. All visitors beware!
We’ve spotted a number of these ‘nests’ made by the Oak Processionary Moths in nearby oak trees here in the Netherlands. We’ve never seen them ever before. That’s global warming for you Mr Trump!!!
But, before blaming Mr Trump too much, it looks like we British might be responsible for introducing this particular (and toxic) pest into Europe. More information here.
I’m back in Holland after a frantic week in London. The dog seems happy to see me!
The frogs here in Holland are all fired up with the need to make love…(lucky frogs!).
Another in the Chicken series….(please look elsewhere on this blog for examples of other chickens)…