Jay at Woods Mill Nature Reserve

May 17, 2012

The family all went down to Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Woods Mill Nature Reserve last Sunday.

The weather was great. Arwyn loves being out amongst nature and had a lot of fun looking at all the birds, the flowers, and all the carp you can see from the bridge across the pond. A little bit like Daddy, he loves checking out insects, too! :-)

Arwyn enjoying Woods Mill Nature Reserve

Arwyn at Woods Mill Nature Reserve

There were plenty of butterflies out, particularly Orange Tip & Brimstone.

Orange Tip Butterfly

I also spotted a jay on our walk and took a few photos. They’re amazing-looking birds and this is the closest I have been to one so far.

Jay at Woods Mill Nature Reserve

Jay at Woods Mill Nature Reserve

Jay at Woods Mill Nature Reserve

Woods Mill Nature Reserve is great. Apart from all the fabulous wildlife to see, there’s also some ponds to go pond dipping, and some fantastic little den areas for kids to play in and around. If you have a chance, you should go!

Arwyn in Kids' Den at Woods Mill Nature Reserve


May 17, 2012

Training from a young age to play rugby for Wales is extremely tiring…

My son sleeping in a Welsh rugby top

More Blogging & Me on Twitter

April 30, 2012

I really need to get blogging again, but it takes time, and that is something I have not had since Arwyn came along. This year I will try to make a more concerted effort to do so though!

We have done so much in the past few years since I left British Airways, moved to head up digital marketing at Whirlpool and moved house to Horsham, that it seems a shame to have not blogged about it. But it was either let my son feed himself or change his own nappies or write the blog. Guess what won?

In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter, if you like. I am more prevalent on there at the moment, just because it’s a lot easier and quicker to update what I’m up to and share my interests that way.

I used to have a different Twitter account for a number of years, but deleted it due to hacking and because I wanted to start afresh. This was also a shame as I had built up a lot of followers, but I’m back with a vengeance and slowly building up my network again.

I tweet about digital marketing, Asia, Japan, family life, rugby, and anything else that takes my fancy.

Come and join the fun! :-)

Blogging again! Hurrah!

May 13, 2010

It has been far too long without blogging. What’s been going on? What’s been stopping me?

Twitter. Twitter has a lot to answer for! I’ve never really had that much to say and it has become so much easier to do it in 140 characters or less than on this blog. Twitter has also opened up my world to things I have loved since I was a kid, but have never pursued. I have learned so much about wildlife and conservation and photography from people on Twitter, it has been quite wonderful. And as a digital marketer, if you’re not doing it or using it, then you don’t really know what you’re talking about!

Butterfly Conservation. Throughout last year I spent most weekends and quite a few summer evenings doing butterfly counts and sending in my data to my local Butterfly Conservation chapter. I also helped out with the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey as part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) and put in and covered a transect near Denham in Buckinghamshire. I’ve always loved nature and animals and it’s great fun. But butterfly numbers are declining rapidly. Butterflies are a fantastic indicator of climate change, as they have short lifespans, are quite particular in terms of habitat, and therefore react quickly to changes in environment. It would be a pity if they died out, so hopefully my little bit helps.

Part-time Ranger. I have been helping out the rangers on Harmondsworth Moor, near where I used to work – all in the grand hope of learning as much as possible for a change of career in the future! So far, I have done a Reed Warbler survey, a Harvest Mouse nest survey, and some general manual work – removing a picnic bench damaged by vandals. I have also conducted a survey to check for the possible presence of the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly.

New Job. I started a new job early this year. I needed a change.  I am very happy now! Great job in a bigger company and such lovely people! I travel to Italy rather than Asia, but that’s ok. Hopefully I can make a move back to Asia with this company – it’s a part of the world I love and I know extremely well, especially in terms of digital marketing – fingers crossed.

New House. We had to move away from Windsor for the new job. We’re now in Sutton. However, we really don’t like Sutton, and with a baby on the way, we are going to move further out away from London. We will be moving to Horsham this summer! :-)

Baby. Number One Son is on the way. We found out this week that it is a little boy. Yayoi and I will be meeting our son on 25th September this year – all being well. He should be on time – his father always is!

So, a lot has happened…

But with lots on the horizon this year, I will get back to blogging. It acts as a great diary to see what we did when, and that’s all I ever intended.

Lonely Little Peacock Caterpillar

October 19, 2009

The journey of a lone Peacock butterfly caterpillar down a nettle plant, near the National Trust’s Hughenden Manor.

Unknown Spider

October 10, 2009

My first post since June. I have been very bad at updating the blog, for various reasons.

After wandering into Windsor to take a load of photos today, Yayoi and I discovered this spider on the way back.

I’d love to know what kind of spider it is, so let me know, if you know!


Stepping Back in Time – Donnington Castle

June 1, 2009

Some black and white photos of Donnington Castle, near Newbury, taken in April when we visited.

Path to Donnington Castle

Donnington Castle in black and white

A Robin’s Birdsong

May 30, 2009

A small video of a robin singing at Snelsmore Common in Berkshire. I am amazed at how clearly the robin’s birdsong comes through!


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