Monday, 11 December 2017

Snowy Sunday! 10/12/2017

The snow was relentlessly falling and adding to the snow already on the ground, hence the garden was slowly but surely disappearing under a blanket of white snow!

Blackbirds enjoyed the berries on a Rowan tree. The tree was planted last Autumn so has some growing to go but is bearing fruit nicely.

 
Grey Heron spotted lurking over the fish pond that is securely netted!!!


Pansy flavoured ice cream anyone?


I cannot remember seeing such an accumulation of snow on the feeders. They are now free of snow and visible to the birds!
 

Not the weather for relaxing by the pond!


Party time for the Black-headed Gulls! I counted 15 though there could have been 16.;-)



 
 
" Have I said something wrong?"
 




 
Room for two
 
This Woodpigeon struggled with the depth of the snow.
 


 
 I was really chuffed to see a Redwing in the garden!






The apples I spiked on an apple tree went down a treat as did the persimmon!
Note to self: When knocking the snow off a tree with a broom remember to try and stand out of the way to avoid the falling snow!!! I hope my neighbours were not watching me.lol

 
Lovely to see the snow.
 
Take care and stay safe everyone during this extremely cold and snowy bout of weather.


 

Friday, 8 December 2017

First snowfall. 08/12/2017


Brrrrr, it's cold!





The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?


J.B. Priestley


Monday, 6 November 2017

Autumn at Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley , Worcestershire. 01/11/2017

A few images taken on my recent walk around part of the arboretum. A delightful walk whatever the weather.








The bark on this tree fascinates me, it looks as though a ribbon has been tightly bound around it.                            Prunus Serrula- Ornamental Cherry.

                              
                                     Dogwoods are a treat to see in Autumn.





Meet Elvis. He is one of two sheepdogs that enjoy bringing a cone or piece of wood for you to throw or kick for them to chase and return to you in readiness for another chase!
                               


The donkeys will soon be in a stable and playing their part in one of the Nativity scenes around the farm.



 
 
 
Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant
 
 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Red sun in the morning.....

Ophelia's warning!

The sun was/is an unusual colour this morning!

I have read that the reason may not just be Saharan Dust. There may well be dust particles in the air, or particles from forest fires across Portugal that have blown up courtesy of ex- hurricane Ophelia!

The wind is gaining strength, leaves are blowing here, there and everywhere and the birds are not having too good a time of it either!

Roll on Spring 2018!

My images (taken at 11.15) do not do the event justice but good to have some record of the 'red sun'!



Friday, 15 September 2017

A visit from a Barley Bird!

A Barley Bird flew into my garden earlier this afternoon. A Barley Bird I hear you say....ok, a Grey Wagtail. I looked up Grey Wagtail in my book 'All the Birds of the Air', the names, lore and literature of British Birds and written by Francesca Greenoak, which was kindly given to me several years ago by my good friend Ruth. 

Barley Bird was a General name for the Grey Wagtail.

Variations were: Barley-seed Bird....Yorkshire
                           Winter Wagtail.......South England
                            Oatseed Bird..........Yorkshire
                            Dishwasher.............Sussex
                            Yellow Dishwasher..Somerset
                            Yellow Wagtail.....Ireland: Somerset: Sussex
                             Dun Wagtail...........Sussex.
Dishwasher is a strange name! I much prefer Grey Wagtail and it can visit my garden as often as it likes.lol


                      
                           

Monday, 11 September 2017

There's always one!

I cut back the Lavender flowers in August and somehow I missed this stem! As you can see this Bee was not going to miss an opportunity in it's quest for nectar!


 
After a short while it made it's way down the stem



                                 and landed unceremoniously in the lavender plant.
 
Oops - a - daisy (or should I say lavender);-)