Friday, 26 September 2014

Giant Rhubarb!................................................................. my last post for a while

We head off to the Lake District in the morning for the first week of our holiday... 
...hopefully capturing plenty of images to share on our return.

       These pics are from last weekends trip to Tatton Park.... the plant is a Giant Rhubarb from Brazil.

   This one plant would fill my little garden all on it's own.
   We will be visiting a few gardens on our trip... one has amazing topiary so should be good to share. 
Have a great week/weekend!... I intend to.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Arthur is TWO!............ time flies so I must let him know to make the most of it

It's my grandson Arthur's birthday today... he is two years old.

A few recent photos of him... he's growing up far too quickly.

"I can drive this"

Spraying the parents... best fun ever on a warm day.

Two years old already... where does the time go!
Happy Birthday Arthur Charlie... XX

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Red Deer Stag...................................................................... Tatton Park Cheshire


This was the biggest stag we saw during our visit to Tatton Park on Sunday.
 He gave a couple of roars but wasn't too aggressive towards the other males present.
I just hope we time our visits to capture the rut in full progress.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Red Admiral and Comma.............................................. butterflies at Tatton Park

The late summer butterflies were plentiful in the fruit and vegetable gardens at Tatton Park.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

I can't remember the last time I saw so many... it's been a great year for my local wildlife.

Red Admirals have been my favourite butterfly since childhood.

Comma (Polygonia c-album)
Commas were also in good numbers...  another of natures beauties.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

It's getting close to my favourite time of the year........................... the deer rut!

We had a trip to Tatton Park today... and the weather was fantastic.

The Red Deer are a couple of weeks away from the rutting season...
...the big boys are already preparing.... this stag was giving this branch a right going over.

We have two weeks holiday starting next weekend.... week one visiting the Lake District.
For the second week we will be watching, photographing,and filming the deer here at Tatton.
After today we can't wait.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Late summer butterflies...........................................................................................

A few butterfly images from the weekend... the weather was bright and sunny.

Red Admiral

Speckled Wood

 Speckled Woods were in good numbers... the males vigorously defending their territory's.

Large White

     I was in the prone position capturing the last two images... it took me a while to get back up again.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Camera Critters 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Sunday, 7 September 2014

If you want to get ahead.......................................................................... get a hat!

I have been burning my head all Summer long... turns out it was my medication.

 
I have bought a hat at last for protection... I just need to remember to wear it.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A fun feeder for the garden.............................................................. it's a Blue Tit

My local garden centre has been selling off bird feeders they no longer want to stock.

 This peanut feeder in the guise of a Blue Tit made me smile...
...it was only a couple of pounds so I bought one.

 Blue Tit's are plentiful in the garden but I have yet to capture one using the new feeder.

 I have to admit I sometimes offer the birds far too much choice.

It's full of peanuts so fingers crossed it won't be long before I have a Blue Tit feeding on it...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Another shot of the feeding Robin.........................................................................

Here's another image of the Robin taken at Plas Newydd last weekend.

Just a split second after the first shot was captured... I think this one is a tad sharper.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

A walk around the gardens at Plas Newydd.......................................................

Last weekend on our whirlwind visit to North Wales we visited Plas Newydd.
A link to the National Trust website here: Plas Newydd

This is the first view of the house you see as you approach it from the car park.

The front of the house looks over the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia.

Looking up the Menai Strait towards Robert Stephensons Britannia Bridge. (Mandys image)

The Italianate-style summer terrace was a blaze of colour.

Mandy admiring the flowers... this shot shows the scale of the borders.

The flower border on the other side of the terrace was a much cooler white and blue.

I love the sound of running water in a garden.

We spotted a Wall Brown butterfly basking in the sunshine.

Mandy also got a shot of it over my shoulder... :-)
It was our first visit to Plas Newydd... we definitely be going back.

Our World Tuesday and Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A walk around Bodnant Gardens.......................................................................

The first National Trust property we visited at the weekend were the gardens at Bodnant nr Llandudno.

The house is still privately owned... so out of bounds to the public.

Close to the entrance is the Laburnum Arch.

It looks amazing in Spring... I have borrowed this image to show it in it's splendour.

  Statues are randomly dotted around the gardens.

There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

 Some people enjoy it more than others... "Come on Mandy it's time to move on"

The terraced gardens.

The Pin Mill.

A short walk from the formal gardens the path drops steeply down into a wooded valley.

The paths take you through the woodlands... home to some of the tallest trees in the UK

 The views from the house and terraced gardens across the Conwy valley are stunning.
Click here for more information about Bodnant Gardens

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Plas Newydd............................................. and a lovely encounter with a Robin


 A Robin followed us around while we were admiring the Italianate Terrace garden at Plas Newydd. 

I only had my travel lens on the camera but it did let me get quite close.

I couldn't believe my luck when it flew up and grabbed a berry from a yew tree...
 ...then it landed back on the box hedge right next to me.
I just managed to get this one image in focus... before the berry disappeared a split second later.

Monday, 18 August 2014

A weekend away........................................................................ in North Wales

We have had a wonderful weekend visiting National Trust properties in North Wales.
Saturday saw us wandering around the lovely gardens at Bodnant.

We spent the night in Betws-y-Coed at the Royal Oak Hotel.

Sunday morning saw us drive past Snowdon (the highest mountain in England and Wales)...
 ... to visit the house and gardens at Plas Newydd on Anglesey.

We then travelled back to the mainland and Penrhyn Castle.
I have loads of images to sort through and hope to share some of the history of the places we visited.
It really was a fantastic weekend and don't worry... the camcorder stayed at home.

Our World Tuesday