My blog is mostly about wildlife, particularly birds, walking, days out, all growing things and anything else that comes to mind.
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Claremont Gardens... and a brief appearance of the sun!!

Local weather forecast was awful but further north it promised to be much better.  I headed off to Claremont Gardens....

I'd been driving in rain and very wet roads, but as I got nearer into the next county, the roads were dry and the sky (relatively!!) brighter

It was mild and good to just wander... very few people about today..




Camellias blooming beautifully
















and I saw a very fast moving Goldcrest..  dreadful picture but ... evidence :)



A black-headed gull getting its summer plumage!!


A pit stop for lunch; had a couple of scones today... quite hungry and the scones seemed smaller that usual..



Cheery Winter Aconites..

Had another walk.. and the clouds started to clear.. and smatterings of blue sky and


unbelievably ... sunshine!!














and with that I headed off home.. about a third of the journey back I drove into very wet roads and rain.. again...

it's still raining as I type this!!

Monday, 22 January 2018

All quiet at Widewater Lagoon

Just standard food shopping today with a brief wander at Widewater Lagoon.  As I'd left Tesco's it was sunny with blue skies and was warm.. by the time I got to Widewater, the clouds had gathered and the temperature has dropped

Very quiet in terms of bird life, - a few gulls, a couple of Redshanks, the family of Mute Swans (7 in total but spread out between the extreme ends of the lagoon), a couple of Little Egrets and that was about it..





except for a few posy crows near the car park.





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