Archive for June, 2016

Perfect bloom

June 30, 2016 Leave a comment
Vanilla, honey, coconut, a hint of strawberry ...

Vanilla, honey, coconut, a hint of strawberry …

This pink oleander bloom smells as good as it looks.

The oleanders are in flower now, all down one side of the drive.


June 29, 2016 2 comments
Partly eaten tiramisu

Partly eaten tiramisu

A Niagara Falls of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream hides a rock structure of Savoiardi Lady Fingers soaked in coffee.

This is a treat made by Giovanni’s mother who used toothpicks to keep the cling-film from dipping in the cocoa powder on the top.

A really delicious way to get picked up!

Pollen baskets

June 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Bee with pollen on cupid's dart 2

This bee must have visited quite a number of flowers to have accumulated such a load of pollen.

The pollen doesn’t simply adhere as the bee passes. It actually gathers it with its tongue and puts it in ‘baskets’ (concave areas surrounded by coarse hairs) on its legs.

Geometry in blue

June 27, 2016 Leave a comment
A single bloom of cupid's dart

A single bloom of cupid’s dart

The flower is not fully open – the centre ring is folded over the stamens.

It’s also sprinkled with drops of rain from a brief shower.

Poetry in motion

June 26, 2016 Leave a comment
Swallowtail butterfly not quite landing on lavender

Swallowtail butterfly not quite landing on lavender

This is a swallowtail butterfly – possibly a relative of the one undergoing metamorphosis in a jam jar at the moment.

Unlike other, smaller butterflies, it moves its wings constantly while sipping nectar from lavender – maybe because it’s too heavy to put its full weight on the flower stem.

A pox on this house

June 25, 2016 Leave a comment
The house being repaired

The house being repaired

The house looks as if it’s very badly diseased.

Here Giovanni (on the right) and his friend Franco (on the left) sponge over where they’ve recently applied patches of rendering.

Evening heat

June 24, 2016 Leave a comment
Bee hovering by lavender

Bee hovering by lavender

The lavender is now out and full of bees.

This one was taking advantage of the last direct sunlight.