Dogs n wool…..

Had a lovely day today. Not taken the ‘borrowed’ dog out for a while and missed her. Took her to a local National Trust place here called Hughenden Manor. Its a great place to walk dogs as their grounds are large and this ties in with the local walks which are all highlighted. Anyway, this was my day… :)… btw if anyone can help with the fungi ID that would be great

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Hughenden Manor from afar

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The obligatory Spring Snowdrops

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Edie, the beautiful Portuguese Water dog we walk

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Branch tunnel

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Beef steak fungi??

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sheep was ere

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The black sheep of the family

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wool stick

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Wood trench

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One man and his dog

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The only muddy puddle in the field!

 

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Been quiet for a while, too much going on.  Yes, yes I know…. I’ve been lazy!

Taken loads of photos though and do need to sort them out properly once I’ve figured out what to do with them….

Thought I’d just post some random ones whilst I’m getting back on track

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Spring Apple blossom bumble bee

 

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Allium in full bloom

 

 

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Egyptian goose

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Cinnabar Caterpillar

 

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Garden Spider

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Just hangin’ out…

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A flooded Thames

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chaffinch

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raindrops

 

 

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ray of light

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Sun through pines at Black Park

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noisy but beautiful starling

 

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Evil parakeet!

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song thrush

 

Id really like to know who else has seen these European Blackbirds in their gardens. Getting more and more prevalent by the month

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Clouds

Bear with me here….

I quite like my new fascination. I say new, it’s not really, I’ve been taking pictures for years but only now just taking a look back and comparing what I’ve taken.

This was taken very early in the morning at a reservoir in the Midlands where I used to live. Me and my best friend walked round there regularly throughout the seasons. Such a beautiful place.

I think the first lot of clouds are Nimbostratus…  I’d be more than happy to hear if I’m right or wrong so please let me know.

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Draycote Water, Rugby, Warwickshire

 

This was taken on an plane, obviously. It just caught my eye as I woke up on a night flight back from the States. The colours blew me away

 

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Over the Atlantic….. sunrise

 

I caught a Sundog one day in a set of cirrus clouds… I think… again, happy to be put right.

A Sundog, rainbow, usually occurs either side of the sun at the same degrees right and left along a complete halo surrounding the sun. They are not rare but you need to keep an eye out for them. They are best seen when the sun is lowering in the sky.

 

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Sundog

 

These next ones were odd. Ill be honest Im not sure what type they are… anyone? I just loved the ‘fingers’ that appeared one evening.

 

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Fingers

 

This was at the top of a mountain in Austria. As we sat there the clouds rolled in and up surrounding us completely at one point. Very eerie but amazing.

 

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Austria

 

This was from the other night actually. The sky looked on fire. was lovely to see. I believe these are cumulonimbus?

 

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Stratocumulus? Loved how the rays spread through the clouds and lit up the sky.

 

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Rays of life

 

Im sure ill add more as I educate myself. Please let me know if Im wrong on any

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the bees please

I thought i would re-post this following tonight BBC bee programme 🙂

We were lucky this weekend to have incredible weather.  So there I am sitting having breakfast out in my garden Sunday morning when a strange but familiar sound above me made me get my ever wobbling arse out the chair and head for the door…. Looking up i saw a huge swarm of bees passing over looking for a new home. I’ve never witnessed that before and it was a bit scary if I’m honest. I watched in awe as they flew over in an holistic ball of humming.

Which brings me nicely onto a few occurrences I had last summer and already once this year. The humble bumble bee. A bumble bee on a full stomach can apparently fly for 40 minutes without eating. After then, they are grounded. I’m sure I’m not the only one thats found dead bumblers on the window sill unable to get out or indeed barely alive. These fluffy fellows are part of the essential pollination process that keeps us mere humans alive and reliant on them. If you can help them recover and get on their way all the better. All thats needed is a teaspoon of honey mixed with a very small amount of water. Either soak a cotton bud with some and let them lick it off or leave a very shallow container for then to reach. I’ve done this a number of times with success and felt great seeing the fluffy fellow fly off to find his mates.

We are all reliant on the bees… honey and bumble amongst a few. Take a look at the Save the Bees website for more info. http://www.helpsavebees.co.uk

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Mr Bumble licking a honey / water solution to recover

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Another Bumble licking a lump of honey

Michael and friends

Not posted for a while. However I’ve had a few visitors in the garden, some a real surprise.

Meet Michael…. he’s been trotting around the garden for a while now and I’ve seen him a few times. He’s so tiny!

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Michael legging it across the patio

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munching on a date

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Its down here somewhere

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By his shed

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Just mooching

Also got swamped by a flock of starlings last weekend. All fledglings with an odd parent flying in. They were so noisy and squabbled the whole time. Was so funny to watch!

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One morning I heard a strange noise and opened the curtains to see a partridge in the garden. Used to have loads at the old house but never seen one here. He hung around for a while. Not great quality as was through the window…

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Partridge not in a pear tree

 

This afternoon I put out a new suet block expecting it to be ignored for a while but the birds flocked to it, even this chap!

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Woodpecker

 

 

 

Animal Rescue

One of my ambitions, actually one of the only ones as far as ambition goes, is to work with animals. Dunno if you gathered that…..

I came home briefly for something at lunch today and was met by a baby pigeon cowering at our gate. The poor thing was frightened and disorientated. I assumed that he had fallen from the nest as they don’t emerge until they are fairly well developed which is why you seldom see them. Exposed and shivery, I put him in the back garden and tipped a box up on its side in case he got too warm. When I came home he had hidden behind the shed. There were flies around a wound on his back and I knew there was only one place for him as I noticed the red kites circling over head. I called him Podge.

 

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Podge

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Baby ‘Podge’ behind the shed

Lining a shoe box with kitchen roll we managed to get hold of him and settle him in the box.

We are approx 30 minutes drive away from Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. Over the last 18 months I have visited them 3 times. Firstly with a very poorly baby seagull who sadly had a cardiac arrest 5 mins after we left him. A duckling with badly lacerated legs causing him to be lame (he got better) and now Podge. Not once did they moan, refuse or belittle our actions. Im sure they would never refuse any animal if they could help in any way.

This is why I became a member and don’t hesitate to donate extra every time I take a casualty there. Love them and all they stand for! As long as you are happy that you won’t see that animal again and that all will be done to save it, they will gladly give you an update 7 days after you admit the animal. This gives them time to treat, monitor and ensure that the database is updated within that time.

Tiggywinkles treats over 10,000 animals a year and NEVER closes! 24/7. Les and Sue Stocker started it as a hedgehog sanctuary initially and it grew from there.. quickly! They also have a visitors centre. Membership gets you a quarterly magazine and a lot of other information and the obligatory car sticker 🙂 Worth every penny. Take a look  http://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk

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Tiggywinkles Animal Ambulance

 

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Morning and Evening song

Without fail, every morning and most evenings come to think of it there is a chaffinch that sits and sings in the tree out the back. Same song, same time of day. I managed to catch it and its song

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Chaffinch

 

 

Then in the evening on top of the same tree we get a thrush kicking out the most amazing variety of calls. Captured him too

 

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Thrush

Damn the dust in here.

tissues required :,)

Vulgarity Ensues

Every time I sit in abject despair over humanity, something like this comes along and reminds me that every so often, out of 10 billion people, we find a few that know what humanity is about.

… and if I ever find someone leaving a dog in a situation like this. I swear by all that is holy I will break ever long bone in your fucking body with a ball peen hammer and leave you to scream your last few breaths into the uncaring desert sky.

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