Melford Hall, Little Cat and a Big Pig

Today’s excursion was to Melford Hall in Suffolk,  we didn’t go into the house but wandered around the outside area and gardens.  In the adjacent fields there were some big sheep, no lambs and one of them posed for his photograph.untitled (3 of 50)

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On our exit we saw the stand alone banqueting hall with its interesting staircase and architecture, at the moment it is also housing a small exhibition about Beatrix Potter as she used to visit here quite often to see friends.untitled (26 of 50)

On our way home back to Cambridgeshire we called in at a farm shop for some supplies and in the field next to the car park I met this ‘Big Pig’.  |He seemed very friendly and was happily munching on grass as I took his photographuntitled (47 of 50)

Wicken Fen

Earlier in the week  I headed off to Wicken Fen with my sons.   It was a wonderful weather and from the moment we left the car we saw some amazing stuff.    First up was a couple of tree sparrows having a dust bath and then a muntjac deer  mooching about under a hedge.

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A newly dusted Tree Sparrow

It was really good to see the sun and walk on the board walks through the reeds, chatting and taking in the sights and sounds.

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The Wicken Fen Windmill Pump through the reeds

We saw lots of butterflies but my favourite was the ‘brimstone butterfly’  it is always one of the first I see each year and up until now I have never managed a photograph of one as they are so fast and never seem to settle anywhere.  However my son spotted one stopping and and saw that on closer inspection it looked like a leaf,  not the bright yellow but a green.

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Brimstone

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Peacock

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Speckled Wood

We saw some birds from the hides dotted around the reed beds and I particularly liked my Moorhen with the reflections in the reeds.   The Long-tailed tit is a little blurred, as is the Marsh Harrier.    But seeing this majestic bird flying above the reeds was a really spectacular and my picture does not do it justice.

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Moorhen

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Long tailed tit

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Marsh Harrier

A different day

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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.

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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.

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Frosty Morning

It was a cold and frosty morning here,   but what a wonderful treat the blue skies and a  twinkling on the frost laden landscape.  As I walked around he field with my dogs, I heard wrens, robins, great tits and jackdaws all filling my ears with their wonderful sounds.29th-january-2016-5-of-29-2

I loved seeing how the frost had transformed the things which I normally just pass by and hopefully the following photos give a glimpse of what I saw this morning.

Morgan my dog loved the walk and  whirling around in the frosty landscape and her coat lit up with the suns rays.   All in all it was a short piece of bliss taking in the world outside even though it was very cold, well home now blog post done and I do believe it is time to read Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman   One of my perks of being a librarian in a school I need to read so many books…  29th-january-2016-21-of-29-11

Horsey Seals

We have just spent a wonderfully relaxing week away in Winterton on Sea.    It was great to get my dogs out on the beach and dunes even though it was very cold with the wind chill.

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Winterton on Sea

The highlight was seeing the seals on Horsey Beach they were so amazing and I felt very privileged to have seen them. Below is some of the photos for you to enjoy.Winterton on Sea-37Winterton on Sea-17Winterton on Sea-22Winterton on Sea-40Winterton on Sea-6

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Seals at Horsey

Butterflies

I have an ‘out of control’ buddleia’ in my garden and it is a cafe for the local butterfly population.

 Cafe Buddleia

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

A Peacock

Looking at the photographs now, I started wondering if butterflies remember and have memories about the time they were caterpillars?