Waiting to be of service

It is likely that most of the photos for this week’s challenge will include people or animals. My photo is of an inanimate object waiting to be of service on a hot summer’s afternoon.

The subject for the Daily Post’s Photo Challenge is Waiting. (No photo challenge next week.)

A garden bench
A garden bench
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A visit to Nymans

On a fairly sunny Saturday in August I was fortunate to be able to visit a National Trust Property in Sussex. It was one of the most enjoyable days I have spent at a National Trust property. The road signs to Nymans read, ‘Nymans Gardens’, but the property is much more than gardens. There is woodland, farmland, a wildflower meadow, a house with an interesting history and views over rural Sussex.

My opportunities for photography were limited as hubby and I were accompanying an elderly lady on buggy rides around the woodland and gardens. The drivers were very knowledgeable and made the day most worthwhile.

Here are some photos of the gardens.

Unusual bees

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is Unusual.

I recently became aware of some wild bees in the garden. They were carrying pieces of leaf (one at a time) and dragging them into a hole in a piece of wood. I could not tell what sort of leaf they were collecting until I walked past a hedge and noticed a partly chewed leaf.

Damaged leaf
Damaged leaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bees are leaf-cutter bees. I have read that they are helpful in gardens, pollinating plants. Their leaf damaging habits do not kill the plants.

Is this the culprit?
Is this the culprit?