Hay on Wye reflections

Last week we stayed near Hay on Wye for a family holiday, seven adults and two dogs and I had a lovely time catching up with reading and basically chilling out.   I went to Hay three times during the week and was taken by all the lovely displays and this window caught my eye and I love all of the reflections which are in it.   It has now become my background on my computer and it just makes me smile.Monkland Hay on Wye Weeds Horseheath 2017 (60 of 100)

This person reading made me want to make a similar piece for the school library.untitled (21 of 168)One of the highlights of the trip was finding a new author to read and having not read any Shirley Jackson I found two books by her and loved reading them.   Especially liked ‘We Have Always Lived in a Castle’ and was really taken with this fantastic book cover for ‘The Haunting of Hill House’,  so lovely reading a Gothic story and sitting in the warm sunshine.Monkland Hay on Wye Weeds Horseheath 2017 (33 of 100)Monkland Hay on Wye Weeds Horseheath 2017 (31 of 100)I had to mention the sweet shop and chocolate limes I saw and then bought,  the thrill of having them in a small paper bag,  the utter joy when I unwrapped one and popped it in my mouth.   It actually made me do lots of little claps and brought back memories of me eating them a long time ago when I went to the cinema to watch ‘An American Werewolf in London’,   it was really odd that a taste sensation brought back this memory.     My husband thinks I am a little mad after this strange episode and smiles whenever I mention them now.

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My son spotted this duck cane and asked me to take the picture.   I particularly like it has raindrops all over it, ducks do seem to love water!

It was a great week and I am now reflecting on it and thinking…

 

Anglesea Abbey, a Water Mill and spring flowers.

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.Anglesea Abbey 2017 (41 of 60)Anglesea Abbey 2017 (56 of 60)

We spotted a yellow wagtail bobbing about on the edge of the water and I could have watched him for a long time.

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A very relaxing stroll with lots of spring flowers and new foliage

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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