Today’s outing was to Anglesea Abbey and it was a great walk out in the sunshine. We didn’t actually go into the house but did the winter trail and called in at Lode Mill.
We spotted a yellow wagtail bobbing about on the edge of the water and I could have watched him for a long time.
A very relaxing stroll with lots of spring flowers and new foliage
I spent an hour this afternoon at Ickworth, the National Trust property and went around the Italian Garden.
The scenery was amazing and I also loved seeing the forget-me-nots (such a vivid blue) and the ferns unfurling.
As we were leaving the property I was impelled to take photographs of these adorable lambs.
A very different day out on the morning walk, still frosty underfoot but with a fog which was hanging around in patches. Needless to say that did not deter my faithful hounds as they set off towards the first point in our walk the little water channel and the big oak tree. No birds singing and it had a very eerie feel to the walk with a watery sun occasionally staining the grey sky.
Birds could be seen but they were noiseless hanging around the electricity wires and flitting on the ground. The vista was very beautiful, calm and eerie, another good start to the day, although very different to yesterday.
Onward to home with the fog starting to lift slightly and then back to the sofa for a well earned rest.
I found a beautiful crow feather on the back field. It has inspired me to make some gift tags with ink and watercolour, I am actually very pleased with them and later today I hope to be experimenting and adding some fabric. It’s all a bit scary I am actually doing something creative!
Last weekend we went to Columbia Road Flower Market in East London. I wanted some plants to put in pots by our back door, the rose, chocolate cosmos and delphiniums seem to be ideal and I love the colours .
On the wall where we parked was this amazing piece of art, a great big giant rat.
It made me smile and on looking around I saw this much smaller piece of wall art, at which point I started me giggling.
Later on in the week I travelled to Cheshire to see my Mum and sisters and spent a pleasant morning at Snugburys, where delicious ice cream was consumed and we visited the Da-Lick. A wonderful tribute to Dr WHO, a giant dalek made of straw. I have taken lots of pictures and will be using them during our Dr WHO day which is happening at the school where I work in October.
Da Lick aka Dalek
Also there I met up with some lovely pigs!
Its a beautiful morning here and I was up early and out walking my two dogs. The local cows were at the bottom gate where I walk so spent a few minutes saying “hello”, not sure they were that interested but they did look lovely.
Interesting ball of spider webs
Another thing I came across was this tangle of a spider webs. In the early morning sun it really stood out and the little drops of dew looked like diamonds.
As the dogs ran along in the grass a great many butterflies were disturbed and they were fluttering around. This one stopped and looked so beautiful against the grass and the shadows.
My garden is a bit of a mess but the roses have been amazing. The rambling rose I have seems to have taken on a desire to go up into the clouds. It obviously will not find any today its already nearly 20 degrees and it is not yet 9am. Also a major delight in my garden is my yucca is flowering. Five tall spikes have appeared and the flowers are so amazing. I haven’t ever seen it flower before so its a real treat this year.
It has been nearly a year since I last blogged and a lot in my life has changed. I now have a fabulous new job running a school library and am having so much fun. I have kept up reading other peoples blogs and they have been an inspiration at times, so thank you to all of the people who have blogs I follow. I recently took part in our Local Flower Festival in Linton and put in an entry in for the school. I was pleased with the result ‘Alice, The Hobbit and a Mockingbird’. Other entries were amazing and one of the best was the one put together about Nelson Mandela. Unfortunately my camera skills let me down so did not get a good picture. Alice, The Hobbit and a Mockingbird
Well hope you enjoy the photographs, its nice to be back. 🙂
I have an ‘out of control’ buddleia’ in my garden and it is a cafe for the local butterfly population.
I spent a long time getting these pictures, lots of missed shots, as soon as I had them in the viewfinder, ready to focus and then they were gone….
‘Elusive Butterflies’ I thought and then this brought to mind a song I used to hear when I was a child by Bob Lind. It then brought lots of memories of the record player at home, and all the records in their paper sleeves. My Mum and the garden, it all brought tears to my eyes. Good times and wonderful memories.
A Red Admiral
Looking at the photographs now, I started wondering if butterflies remember and have memories about the time they were caterpillars?