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Of course no entry would be complete without the requisite image of a plant or two and, in catching up with my botanical art group, I’m spurred to visit the Botanical Gardens.

We’re doing a project to record some of the highlights of the gardens for an exhibition which will celebrate their 125th anniversary in 2012.

So plenty of material to get stuck into.


And sadly, a lost fairy crown…

I also get a chance to visit Lacock where a falconry display is taking place, but there’s a bit of a hiatus when one gets bored with all this demonstration stuff and takes off.

Right then, better go and get him

Now you see me

Now you don't


There are some very large birds. And I mean large.

Who's a pretty boy then...

In one of the rooms in Lacock Abbey there’s wallpaper from the 1700s which has been inspired by Oriental birds and flowers– no doubt brought back by some of those intrepid Plant Hunters. Funny old world.

I’m also keen to catch up on what’s been happening with BOG – Bath Organic Group – since we successfully got Lottery funding for a whole heap of improvements last year including better disabled access paths, a teaching tent, bigger and better ponds for bigger and better wildlife and an earth oven for lovely home-made pizzas and things after a long day digging.

The friendly way to make daub

and plaster it on the oven

A big new pond needs a big new platform...

It’s great to see the results of all their hard work during the last year – while I was so far away and safely off the ‘volunteer rota’.