Monday, May 25, 2015

me on Monday

enjoying some warmer weather with no rain.

Just right for a day at the Big Nature Festival on Saturday which was handily being held locally.  Knowing that I would be sharing this on a meme created by Sian, the Champion of Storytelling, I couldn’t pass by this site/sight


Plenty of stalls to browse plus some interesting talks on

- using wild plants such as nettle, dandelion, clover

- 10 local places that are great for seeing nature.  I had to laugh and applaud at the last item – Aroundandabout – a reminder to keep your eyes open wherever you are for interesting plants and beasties

- a park ranger led walk talking about the creation of the area from the ash piles deposited by the local coal burning power station.  Lots of interesting stuff but the downside is that we were walking at park ranger speed – although I suspect he thought he was slowing down for us!

Then on Sunday I enjoyed a bit of cute animal crochet with a great free pattern for baby guinea pigs from the talented Kati Galusz


Waving to you all before I head out to enjoy more clear weather – have to use it when it is here!

Friday, May 22, 2015

the goslings are here



big enough to be eating grass and already used to having people close by – the parents are used to people too so no hissing


two groups of 6, with one group a bit older than the other


I love how both adult and chick are pecking at the grass in this one


and for the third year the mixed couple of one Canada and one Grey Laggard Goose have a chick – the resulting birds do look different but are part of the large group of geese (of both types) who live along the river)


I might not see any cygnets yet as I saw the swan nest abandoned with 5 eggs in it but no sign of the adults – it might have got wet when the river rose after the rain.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pairs by the river

Some lovely sunshine in between rain showers giving blue skies and lovely reflections on the river
and a nostalgic return to look up, look down as I did for all of 2013.

My 20th pair and I'm still enjoying playing with the different pairs and being inspired by all of your pairs too.

Monday, May 18, 2015

me on Monday

following the blogland Sian wave on a wet Monday.

My only weekend of May with no diary events it was, of course, full of rain showers.  But I was sustained with chuckles as I remembered bits from  a Friday evening full of laughter watching Dara O’Brien on stage.

Using the rain and wet grass as an excuse not to work in the garden or mow the lawn, I enjoyed suitable pursuits such as playing musical cardigan as I put them on and took them off regularly as the temperature fluctuated.  Also dabbled with water colour


of the pixel kind, transforming a photo of a tulip with Photoshop Elements.

Hoping you all have a good week and that the rain goes away.