Aerial views of Ding Cottages

These stunning aerials were taken today by a radio controlled delta wing model plane, operated by our brilliant multi-talented neighbourhood blacksmith/engineer

Ding dong 1

Ding dong 3


First Water Lily bloom opened today on our pond

Water Lilly


Rebecca Porter's moth list

Rebecca Porter identified numerous moths while staying in The Cabin this May (2018)

See the lists and photos here: Rebecca's Moths

narrow-winged pug

Narrow-winged Pug

Foxglove pug

Foxglove Pug


Spring Cuckoo

You may have to take my word for this, but there is a Cuckoo perched on top of the high, left hand branch of a conifer in our Little Garden, cucking its heart out on this dull, Early May day. Photo taken from Bal Cottage lounge, with the bird a couple of hundred yards away and Greenburrow Engine House in the distance.

Close-up Cuckoo

Distant Cuckoo


Today's Primroses (12/4/18), and the odd Dandelion, line the path to The Cabin

Two days of sunshine makes Spring feel more convincing

Primroses on Cabin path


First Primroses

Primroses have now emerged along Bone Valley after the recent thaw. They are the first to herald Spring each year.
The alarming sounding Bone Valley runs from Heamoor up to Trythall then on to Ding Dong. I suspect the name Bone comes from the common local surname and not any dire historical massacre.