Category Archives: wildlife

Little Miss Spiderman

spiderman, snow on spider's web

Little Miss Spiderman was delighted to find a snowy spider’s web this morning.

 

I think this photo could qualify for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge.

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Wings

………Continuing to share our lovely bright Winter’s walk around the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, England.

There is a smaller wings sculpture in the South Garden.

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here, viewed from the rampartsWells, Somerset

from where one also gets this glorious view across the Somerset countryside

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Peeping through the rampartspeep

you can see the moat below

swan in Wells, Somerset

There are some videos of the gardens and last year’s cignets here.

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Like us, the swans were basking in the sun

whispering gallery, Wells

(Noelle and Alison in the Whispering Gallery)

swan in Wells

moat, Wells

And so was a cheeky little robin

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sitting on his favourite posing post

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All of us glorying in that clear blue skysky and the warmth the sun gave us

Noelle suggested this photo of me trying out the wings, it was such a fabulous day our spirits were certainly soaring

getting my wings

and I must show you Noelle’s marvellous hand-knitted hat and scarf/shawl, which looks like wings to mehandknit hat and scarf

more to come …..

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Swanie Silent Sunday

swans, the Fleet, Dorset, Langton Herring

Joining in with Cee and the Daily Post: Silence

Walk

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little hands to hold

then let them go to explore

smooth transit to joy

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After doing some drawing games with my grandsons, we went for a WALK, although we don’t mention the word ‘walk’ because then Big Bro will not move from the sofa.

We were not going on a walk, we were going ‘exploring’ to find badger sets…

luckily Granny knows Evvvvv–er–ry–thing – even where badgers live.

We talked about those families sleeping underground, we found back doors and front doors and neighbours doors, we made up stories about them, we imagined them all coming out in the evening and playing together, tumbling and play fighting and quarrelling and chasing….

Walking with my grandchildren comes very high on my list of favourite things to do. Seeing the world through their eyes. … …

Precious…..

….climbing, falling, getting caught in brambles, jeopardy – where are we?

who lives in these magical holes – under trees, in trees….

how do we find our way out of the wood?

Phew! we found the way into the field

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now for some tracking

 

looking down –  who or what has walked this way before us, was it last night by the light of the moon

looking up – at baby catkinsDSC_0622

thinking of Spring

looking down

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oh wow – an abundance of acorns, let’s pick some up.

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Muddy puddles!

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with tiny red wriggly worms in them

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worms swimming,  who knew?

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squelch and splash and jump and laugh

Oh no! Where are we?

Look for landmarks to find our way home – ah-there’s the big oak tree near Granny’s house…… there’s her house!! – race you!

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Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge prompts this week are: SMOOTH and HAND

Cathy and  I have put together a list of One-Word promptsfor our One-a-Week Photo Challenge. You can join in by leaving a link to your Walk in the Comments, either here or on Cathy’s Post.

If you love descriptions of walks in far flung places, Restless Jo has some corkers every Monday.

Playful Butterfly

 

DSC_0191When I took Little Miss M and Little Bro to the park, after school yesterday, there was a Red Admiral butterfly that seemed to want to play with them. It kept fluttering back to them, around their heads, landing near to them: on posts, the grass and the climbing net – this went on for at least 10 minutes – it even landed on Little Bro’s arm at one point.

A school friend joined in and all three were first chasing, then leaping and dancing around with delight, then creeping up slowly and at one point the butterfly was on a post and all three were putting a finger on the post edging closer to the butterfly to see if it would hop on, totally focussed on that moment when time seemed to stand still.
 
Magical, utterly magical.
But – did I have my camera with me – no!
A beautiful memory to hold in my mind’s eye.
As I was writing this I remembered that over 25 years ago, when I was doing a City and Guilds Embroidery course, there was a competition
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to create a greetings card with butterflies as the theme.
(apologies for the quality of the photos, something has gone wrong with my ‘Photos’ programme and I am unable to do any editing – so far long phone calls to Apple, whilst they have tried to sort it out – with more to come)

We had to show our folder of workings as well (click on any photo to see it bigger)

and after much experimentation, this was the card I submitted into the competition, it has lost a few star sequins

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these were some of my experiments made on thick watercolour paperDSC_0189
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Well – I won!

It is the only competition I have ever won, so I’ve kept that folder dear to me and never used the cards – I’m wondering if I should send them now and let go ………..

……………   No, I can’t just yet.

Have you ever won a competition? Or danced with a butterfly in the park?

Paint Party Hedgehog

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My sister’s latest masterpiece – I just love how she captures the expression.

Joining in with Paint Party Friday

Paint Party Friday: Birds and other animals

I am extremely proud to present my sister Caroline’s paintings.

She sent me an entry for into our One-A-Week Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt is BIRD, and I knew she had been painting so asked her to send me some pics of her paintings too – Wow! So glad I did

I’m wondering if this magnificent chap will appear in a painting before too long. Caroline tells me she photographed him at Come to Good Farm in Cornwall.

I’m lucky enough to have two sisters, and now they have both appeared on my blog this week: Sue who I am going to Chelsea Flower Show with and Caroline. We are all quite creative, I think we get it from our Mum.

Caroline is on Instagram @clthistlethwaiteart, where you can keep up to date with her latest works, which include silver jewellery as well! She has only just started sharing her work in this way and I know it would give her a tremendous boost you to take a look and leave a message.

She also sells greetings cards and some prints.

I’m joining this post in with Paint Party Friday.