I envy animals sometimes. They live life in the moment. If they feel like eating, they eat. If they feel like sleeping, they sleep. And while they're alert for danger and will bolt if they feel the need, they return to their relaxed state very quickly. No need to dwell on that last danger. No… Continue reading Living in the Moment
Mallard with Ducklings
I've been watching the ducks down at our local pond since the start of April, following their journey. I think there are four drakes and three ducks. I certainly saw plenty of mating action in April and was really looking forward to seeing the ducklings emerge. I had spotted a few broken eggs on the… Continue reading Mallard with Ducklings
Red Deer Hind with Calf
I've waited so long to take these pictures. I know they're not perfect, but when one of your favourite animals strolls out from the trees a few metres away, you take whatever photos you can get, regardless of the strong shadows. Red deer feature prominently in my middle-grade novel, Guardian of Giria, and I have… Continue reading Red Deer Hind with Calf
A gorgeous male chaffinch. It's a pity there is a branch partially blocking him, but there is still some lovely colour and feather detail. Beautiful birds. Like what you see? Then please subscribe for updates on my writing, photography & daily life. You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter. You can view more of… Continue reading Male Chaffinch
Bean Goose Migration
There are days when I go out to take photos and seeing nothing of interest. Perhaps a few roe deer that run off as I approach or a fox skulking by a distant hedgerow. I regularly see birds, but most are small and skittish and have moved on before I can lift my camera. Once… Continue reading Bean Goose Migration
Driving through the countryside at the moment, the air is filled with the song of these tiny little birds. I scan the skies, I scan the fields, but they are so hard to spot. Finally, I see one. I sit and watch. I listen. It is magical. If you're not familiar with the beautiful song… Continue reading Skylark
School & Library Visits: Now Reopening
Now that spring is here and the snow has finally melted, I am reopening my school & library visits. If you would like me to visit your school or library (here in Lithuania), please contact me and we can arrange a date. The presentation typically lasts for about one hour, but we can adjust this… Continue reading School & Library Visits: Now Reopening
A Buzzard Soars
Our house is nestled at the edge of our village, facing out onto fields and forests for as far as the eye can see. Sitting in my front room, I regularly see buzzards swooping and soaring over the fields. Generally, they are quite far in the distance, but occasionally they do come quite close. I… Continue reading A Buzzard Soars
Why the Wolves are not the Bad Guys
One question that has come up a number of times when chatting with readers about Guardian of Giria is why I made wolves the “bad guys”. And my answer is this – the wolves are not the “bad guys,” they are the antagonists. And those are not the same thing. Let me explain. (Please note… Continue reading Why the Wolves are not the Bad Guys
Between the mists and the snow, the roads look endless. Oh, to drive forever on such roads, the crunch of snow beneath my wheels, the cold air pouring through the open windows as I dare not miss a single sight. The countryside is already beautiful, but under a thick blanket of snow, it is magical.… Continue reading Snowy Lanes
This great spotted woodpecker (didysis margasis genys) is still flitting around my garden. Isn't he gorgeous? Like what you see? Then please subscribe for updates on my writing, photography & daily life. You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter. You can view more of my wildlife photos here and here.
Wild Boar Feeding Project, Tauragė (Lithuania)
Oh, the joy! Oh, the sweet, sweet joy! Finally, after years of searching and waiting, I got to see a wild boar in the flesh. But not just one boar – a whole sounder (group) of sows and piglets! And the experience was everything I hoped it would be! Norėdami skaityti šį straipsnį lietuvių kalba,… Continue reading Wild Boar Feeding Project, Tauragė (Lithuania)
Common Buzzard Soaring
A common buzzard (paprastasis suopis) soaring above my garden. Look at that sky for the last day of October! Like what you see? Then please subscribe for updates on my writing, photography & daily life. You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter. You can view more of my wildlife photos here and here.
My faithful companion, Džekis (Jekis). He is seventeen (and a half!) years old and still going strong. His new winter coat is just gleaming as he basks in the last of the autumn sun. Like what you see? Then please subscribe for updates on my writing, photography & daily life. You can also follow on… Continue reading Companion
There is something soothing about September. After the build-up of spring and the crescendo of summer, things are slowly starting to wind down. The ouch is gone out of the sun but it is still warm enough to be outside, sometimes even in shorts and a t-shirt. The evenings are noticeably shorter but there is… Continue reading Sparkling Webs
High Tea in a High Hide!
This is how to do September - high tea in a high hide! Two thick slices of homemade sourdough, slathered with homemade mayo, Two soft-boiled eggs, still warm, One home-grown tomato, One home-grown apple, A mug of tea, A fantastic view, Camera in hand ... And a gorgeous evening! Like what you see? Then please… Continue reading High Tea in a High Hide!
Cranes in the Mist
It appears our area is a congregation site for common cranes (grus grus) - thousands of them gather each autumn in the fields around our village, getting ready for the long flight south. They are a little skittish, so getting close can be tricky, but they are a magnificent sight to behold. Like what you… Continue reading Cranes in the Mist
Strictly speaking, this is a common frog, but that seems like too plain a name for a creature so beautiful, and one who looks so at home on the forest floor, surrounded by moss, twigs and other detritus. So I'm calling him a forest frog! Like what you see? Then please subscribe for updates on… Continue reading Forest Frog
This morning, I spent the best part of an hour rescuing this hedgehog from certain death. I was working in the shed when I heard a strange sound coming from a corner beside a big bale of hay. Not sure of what I might find, I gingerly took a peek and was horrified to discover… Continue reading Hedgehog Rescue
It was very misty this morning and I didn't have a great sleep last night, so when I saw this guy on the garden fence I was certain I was seeing things. Unfortunately, he flew off before I could grab my binoculars. But later, when I went out to the bin, I spotted him again… Continue reading Hoopoe (Kukutis)
My field guide tells me that this is a Ruddy Darter, but I don't believe it. I've seen this guy somewhere before. In a movie. I'm sure of it. Dragonflies are my favourite insects and maybe even one of my favourite wildlife species. They are ancient, with fossils dating back over 325 million years and,… Continue reading Darter Invader
FREE BOOKS for Schools & Libraries!
Today, I am delighted to announce my new "Free Books for Schools & Libraries" initiative. Schools & libraries in Ireland and Lithuania can now apply for a free Paperback copy of Guardian of Giria. Teachers and librarians internationally can also apply for a free Kindle copy of the book. This initiative aims to: Provide children… Continue reading FREE BOOKS for Schools & Libraries!
I have spread myself too thin. Somehow I have ended up with 5 Facebook pages, 2 Twitter accounts and 2 blogs, none of which is currently well attended. So, in an attempt to simplify my life, I am cutting back! I am now amalgamating all my writing and photography efforts under this one blog. There… Continue reading Amalgamation
Characters in Guardian of Giria
Giria Wood is a large forest with a healthy population of animal families, many of whom feature in the story. Some are main characters and others are just family members who are mentioned once or twice. Together, they make quite a cast of characters. To help you keep track of who's who, I have put… Continue reading Characters in Guardian of Giria
Kindle Version – Now Only 99c/99p!!!
The Kindle version of Guardian of Giria is currently on sale for just 99c / 99p.
Available from Amazon here.
Irish Book Launch – May 26th
I am so excited that Guardian of Giria is now available worldwide! You can buy a copy here or through most online retailers. I am also delighted to announce that the book will be stocked at The Book Centre in Wexford, which will also be hosting the official book launch on Saturday, May 26th at… Continue reading Irish Book Launch – May 26th
Guardian of Giria – Read A Sample
A sample from the book is now available here. Like what you see? Then please subscribe for updates on my writing, photography & daily life. You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter. You can view more of my wildlife photos here and here.
The Hardbacks Have Arrived!
The first batch of hardbacks arrived today and they are totally gorgeous (even if I do say so myself!) To order, see here. Complimentary bookmark included with all orders (while stocks last!) Like what you see? Then please subscribe for updates on my writing, photography & daily life. You can also follow on Facebook and… Continue reading The Hardbacks Have Arrived!
Red Deer Antlers: Annual Regrowth
A red deer stag with a massive crown of antlers is a very impressive sight. And indeed, that is part of their function – to make the stag look more impressive to the ladies. It takes a lot of testosterone to grow those antlers and it takes a lot of food to nourish them, so… Continue reading Red Deer Antlers: Annual Regrowth
Introducing: Guardian of Giria!
It feels like I've been waiting such a long time to bring you this news and I am very, very excited. On Tuesday, May 8th 2018 I will be releasing my very first novel, Guardian of Giria. This book has been a long time in the making. It began in the summer of 2016, when… Continue reading Introducing: Guardian of Giria!