Friday, 23 February 2018

Whoa. It's Not Spring Yet

I just spied one of the tiny flowers opening on the Corkscrew Hazel bush. It's a bit on the early side to say the least. The catkins haven't started to open up yet:

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It looks like a couple of weeks ahead with temperatures hovering around 0C while the weather system brings cold air from Siberia. Snow warnings have already been issued for next Tuesday on this coast.

Monday, 19 February 2018

A Walk on the South Side

The last time we cut through the back of the churchyard I noticed some of the grass round the South side had been cut to make a path all round the church. That is the first time I have been able to get close on that side. For many years the old part of the graveyard was fenced off as sheep were allowed to graze there.  Then for a few years it just went wild with long grass and weeds.

I was able to see two old doorways which are now sealed.
One on the South side near the East end:

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The other at the West end which would have opened into the base of the tower:

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I was also able to get closer shots of the grotesques and gargoyles on that side:

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One of two stone carved crosses at the East end of the roof:

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Some of the grave stones, like this one, have fallen over:

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The few stone tombs are well weather worn:

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A look back at the newer part of the churchyard with its Snowdrops and Winter Aconites:

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Of Moggies and Badgers

Last Friday:
Nothing of outstanding interest on the latest batch of 200+ photos taken by the trail camera at the bottom of the garden. Penny, moggies and Wood Pigeons mainly. Madam always knows what has walked where:

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Greyhounds may well be known as sight hounds but she spends more time at home, and out and about, following scent trails.

The day after I wrote the above:
6 a.m. Penny needed to go out in the back garden. Once out she spent ages carefully following scent trails all over the place. A quick check of the automatic video recordings showed the badger had visited again just an hour earlier.

That should be the last Badger visit to my garden for some time to come. Much as I really like to have wildlife visiting there was too large a chance of Penny going out while a Badger was there. They can inflict bad wounds with their front claws when threatened so I must put Penny's safety first. To that end I found the only gap in the fence where one could get through and, hopefully, made it secure.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday Stretcher

Last week's slit-scan / stretched photo was:

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Congratulations to Wilma, Ragged Robin and Adrian who correctly identified a coffee mug:

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A new one for you to identify:

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If you would like to say what it is please leave your guess in the comments.
They, along with the original object, will be revealed next Saturday.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Friday at the Flicks - Blue Tits

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Great to see a couple of Blue Tits tucking in to the peanuts a couple of days ago.
Soundtrack is some audio from last Summer as it was too windy for a new soundtrack.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

If At First You Don't Succeed

I saw what looks to be a brilliant idea on Glo's new blog: Glo-photo-bug
Mount a fat block horizontally instead of vertically.
Only take the cover sheet off the top of the block and leave the rest of the plastic container on.
Put it in the holder and hang up, open side down.
I had to trim off the edges of the plastic container  to get it to fit

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Wait for birds which are happy hanging upside-down when feeding.
Hope that fools the Starlings and they don't / can't peck through the plastic covering!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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