Friday, 23 December 2016

Catch up and Merry Christmas wishes.

An icy Bodenham Arboretum on the 30th November! It was a cold day but still an enjoyable walk in the fresh air!


 
 
 
Meet Lunar who is now delighting visitors as part of the Nativity Scene in the farmyard at the Arboretum.
 
 



The return of the Grey Heron!

The Heron has made a couple of visits to my knowledge. The fish pond is well guarded against the Heron!!


North Norfolk....2nd-5th December.

A great weekend in what was decent weather in the main especially so on the Friday, RSPB Titchwell beach was enjoyed in calm, dry and a relatively warm temperature for the time of year!

A few highlights listed of what was a super weekend.
Red Kite, Kestrel, Marsh Harriers (30+ coming in to roost at Titchwell, an amazing sight), Bittern in flight at Cley being mobbed by 2 Marsh Harriers, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Eider Duck, Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter, Golden Eye, Bean Goose,  B T Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Shoveler,  Golden Plover (a flock coming in to roost at Titchwell), Little Egret, Pintail, Avocet, Little Grebe, Ring Plover, Wigeon, Brent Geese, Pink-footed Geese, Kingfisher, Starling flocks, Seals swimming along the shoreline at Cley and a delightful Chinese Water Deer at Titchwell.


 
 
Brent Geese
 
 
 
 
A calm Titchwell beach.
 
 
 
Chinese Water Deer

 
Rainbow,  Titchwell.



 

 
 
Sunset, Holkham.

 
 
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
 
 
 
 






Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Solstice 2016

 The Shortest Day


"So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.

Welcome Yule!!"

Susan Cooper