Summertime walks

Summer is here with long days, warmth and sunshine. Take a look at these photographs taken both in Nannie RaRa’s garden and on walks nearby. A favourite place in the early morning is by the local beach at the side of the river. The skies are so big. Every day the scene is different.

red poppies growing in the garden
The bright red poppies choosing their own place to grow
bumble bee and honey bee on buddleia
Both bumble and honey bees enjoying the nectar on Nanie RaRa’s buddleia
bee collecting nectar from bramble
A bee collecting nectar from a bramble, preparing for the feast of blackberries to come
cow parsely
Cow parsley growing tall along the sides of the path
deadly nightshade
The deadly nightshade has a delicate beauty
squirrel with an acorn
A hungry squirrel taking one of last year’s nuts for breakfast
country garden
Nannie RaRa’s English country garden
river view
and finally a view towards the river

Let me know which are your favourite pictures

Spring is here

Spring is upon us and Nannie RaRa has been out and about taking photographs. Here are a few of the favourites so far this year.

Bluebells and whitebells in our local woods
Bluebells and whitebells in our local woods


A baby robin leaving the nest for the first time
A baby robin leaving the nest for the first time
A robin singing in the tree - maybe the parent of the fledgling
A robin singing in the tree – maybe the parent of the fledgling
A peacock butterfly enjoying the warm spring sun
A peacock butterfly enjoying the warm spring sun
Ferns uncurling in the woods
Ferns uncurling in the woods
A spring lamb having a rest from its gambolling
A spring lamb having a rest from its gambolling
A fishing boat returning with its catch on a very still river.
A fishing boat returning with its catch on a very still river.

Search for the Wibble

The second in the tales of Grandad’s magic dust, “Search for the Wibble”, has been published on Amazon.

In this story the grandchildren are trying to find the Wibble, an imaginary creature Harvey has made up. He is wary of finding it as it has a stinger on its foot, sharp teeth, a long body, sharp claws and spines.

Would you want to come across such a monster?

The quest to find the Wibble takes the grandchildren from Nannie’s house to Sutton Hoo, Denmark and ending at Weala Tun Naes.

They have the magic dust to help them as well as all the items Nannie has knitted for them using wool that has been close to the magic dust. Lia is delighted with her owl that comes to life; Alex can’t think what use a small square knitted cloth will be; and James is not keen on the striped socks with pink bobbles on them.

Join Lia, James, Harvey, Alex, Alan and Edmund as they look for the Wibble.

You can buy the book, “Search for the Wibble” from Amazon either as an ebook or paperback.

Have you read ‘No more adventures?’

The book, No more adventures?, by Nannie RaRa has been enhanced by illustrations by the very talented Lara Wallington.

In ‘No more adventures?’ the first of the tales of Grandad’s Magic Dust to be published, the grandchildren help Grandad to make alacamparanica, one of the image3ingredients.

They start with a half chewed sweet, then powder from a butterfly wing. There are several other items they need to use to make the alacamparanica.  The journey has been marvellously illustrated by Lara who has brought the characters to life.

Lara has really captured  Alex’s expression when he gets nipped by the crab. You can also meet Lia, James, Harvey and Alex as they follow Alan who guides them to the snake.

Expect to hear more of the illustrator Lara Wallington in the future.

You can get “No more adventures?” from Amazon either in paperback or as an electronic book – both are illustrated.

 

Smile of a Viking

Nannie RaRa’s book, No more adventures? is now out in paperback. You can read all about the adventures of Lia, Harvey, James, Alex, Edmund and Alan as they search for the ingredients for the alacamparanica to help Grandad make his magic dust.

You can find out how they make a Viking smile, but they have to find one first.

No more adventures? is available in both paperback and as an eBook