Monday, 15 December 2014

Bird Watching magazines........................... "Photo of the Month" January 2015

I arrived home tonight to find January's edition of Bird Watching magazine on the door mat.
Page 42 has my little Robin sat in the hole in my fence as "Photo of the Month".

I'm chuffed to bits (translates as "very pleased")

To add to my pleasure my Christmas break starts tomorrow (I've planned it well this year).
Off work for twelve days... bliss!

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Fame at last............................................................................ well? locally at least

I received an email!

Can we feature you and your blog "rambles with a camera" in our magazine?

We have a free magazine in my small Cheshire town Northwich.


It's to be found in all the local newsagents, supermarkets and petrol stations and adverts fund it.
"ourtown the northwich magazine" also features stories about local people.

"email"

Can I come and interview you for a story?... but it needs to be quick as it's for the January edition.
I was given the option of answering questions by email... and this is the way we went.
I gave them my life story... it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

John (the editor) wanted a current full face photo of me... holding a camera was his suggestion.

Last Sunday morning saw me posing in the garden... I hate having my photo taken.

I await the magazine article with trepidation..but promise to share the outcome.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blue Tit on my log feeder.......................................... another cute garden visitor

It's an image taken a while ago... it's cold, wet and night time when I get home at the moment.
I can't even see my garden during the week it's so dark.

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Saturday's Critters

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Long-tailed Tit............................................................................. on my log feeder

I just love seeing these little birds in my garden.

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

They really are the cutest of cute birds... and so tiny.

Monday, 8 December 2014

My favourite garden bird............................................................................... Robin

I've been sharing the birds that have fed on my home made feeder on my Facebook page this week.

This little fella has to be my favourite garden bird to feed on it.

Robin doesn't need to use the perches... I'm sure he is smiling in this shot.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Concentrating on my subject..................................................................................

Sorting out and deleting unwanted images captured over the last few months I came across this one.
It's me at Tatton Park videoing the Red Deer in the days leading up to the Autumn rut.

I was concentrating so much I was oblivious to the fact Mandy was taking this shot.
The camcorder is pointing straight at her so I guess I was watching clips I had already captured.
That's the beauty of the digital age... you can delete your rubbish on the go.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Long-tailed Tit........................................... prettiest bird in the garden this week

 Long-tailed Tit on the fatballs.

So cute and the best bird in the garden this weekend.
 The weather has been so mild this month... Decembers forecast is a bit more frosty.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

My garden fence is no more.................... but I still have the panel with the hole

If you have followed my blog for any length of time you will be familiar with the hole in my fence.
It's been the focal point of my garden bird watching for the past couple of years.

I've seen seven different bird species using it to enter my garden.
The fence suffered severe damage during the storms in February... and was meant to replaced.

Mandy's dads heart attack and my mothers fall and broken pelvis put all that on the back burner.
The fence was cobbled up just to stop my neighbours little dog from escaping.

My neighbour June passed away a few months ago and her house is now empty.
We have removed the fence.

Her house is for sale but won't sell in a 100 years for the price they are asking...to my advantage.

I still have the fence panel with the hole... plus the next one with the nails.
A garden ornament in the making?.. I have a tube of glue and a hacksaw.


A clip of Robin in the hole ... the little bird that started all this off.

Saturday's Critters

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A tribute to June my next door neighbour.................. and the hole in my fence

My next door neighbour passed away a few months ago and I think it's time I gave her a tribute.
We shared a fence... a fence that stopped her little dog from running away.


A fence that has been shared all over the world.
June was in her 90's when she passed away... nursed at home she died in her own bed.

I first met June chatting over our garden fence in April 2005.
90+ years of age but what a past... a Vogue Magazine model in her youth.

She passed away in May... we didn't even know she was ill.
She had called around one morning and gave Mandy this lovely little pottery wren.
" I am having a tidy up" she said... " It's for Andrew I know he loves the birds"
It now sits on top of my PC and I will treasure it for ever.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

How many lakes are there...................................... in the English Lake District?

Our boat trip on Windermere... on the last day of our recent break.

The English Lake District is well known... but how many lakes are there in the National Park?

The largest lake is popularly known as Lake Windermere... it's correct name is just Windermere.
Our trip was on one of the smaller launches.

Lake Bassenthwaite.
The only named lake in "The Lakes" is Lake Bassenthwaite in the north.
So the answer to the popular question "how many lakes are there in the Lake District" is one!

Crummock Water.
The larger lakes are known as meres or water, with the smaller ones named as tarns.
Well known examples are Coniston Water, Ullswater, Buttermere and Blea Tarn.

There are almost 100 named bodies of water in the district... with many more unnamed small tarns.

Windermere is over 11 miles long and they have bigger launches doing longer cruises
 We had fantastic weather on the day... a great end to our holiday.

Skywatch Friday

Monday, 17 November 2014

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Hawkshead......................... walking in the footsteps of Wordsworth and Potter

During our recent trip to Cumbria we caught up with some of the local history.
The South Lakes are full of historic places... our day out to Hawkshead was like a school day

Hawkshead Grammar School dates from 1585

The Grammar School with the village church behind.
William Wordsworth was educated here from 1778...  his desk with his carved initials is on display.

The church sits on a hill behind the school with views over the village to the mountains beyond.

It has a wonderful interior... the pillars are whitewashed but not over the ancient script and design.

Hawkshead has some really quaint cobbled streets to wander around.

The local pubs are well worth a visit... bed and breakfast accommodation is everywhere.

This was the office of Beatrix Potters husband William Heelis a solicitor.
It is now a museum and gallery showing off some of her possessions and art works.

Hawkshead has some wonderful shops...this is Mandy emerging from one to tell me she has just tasted the best home made marmalade ever... and we need to buy some.
We did and it was!

Linking to Skywatch Friday and Our World Tuesday

Monday, 10 November 2014

Views of Morecambe Bay......................................... from our holiday apartment

A few weeks have passed since our holiday in Grange over Sands.
I am still sorting through my images.

This was the view from our living room window.... Morecambe Bay.

 We had my scope with us and watched the Gulls, Curlews, Oystercatchers, and Little Egrets feeding on the sand banks from the comfort of our sofa.

The view of the bay from the promenade at low tide.

Grange has pay telescopes along the promenade... it made me smile to see they were made in Crewe.
Crewe is just a half hour drive from my house... which is over 100 miles from this spot.
Hopefully I will have more holiday snaps to share soon.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

At last!........................................................................................................................

My local garden centre was selling off some novelty bird feeders a while ago.

I bought this one and filled it with peanuts... and for a few weeks saw nothing!

I replaced the peanuts with a couple of fat balls today... and instant success.
A Blue Tit feeding on a Blue Tit.

Linking to Camera CrittersThe Bird D'pot and Wild Bird Wednesday

Thursday, 6 November 2014

John Lewis stores 2014 Christmas advert.............................................................

Monty the Penguin and Sam

I have shared the Christmas adverts of the John Lewis store for the last four years.
This years is another lovely watch and a great piece of marketing.

Just released today (6th Nov) it has already had over 4,000,000 hits on Youtube.
Sung by Tom Odell who squeezes every drop of emotion out of the lesser known John Lennon song "Real Love"

Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Another new feeder for the garden................................................. Flutter Butter

 I have just bought a new bird feeder that hopefully will be a favourite of the Tit's visiting my garden.

 Flutter Butter

The jar screws onto the hanging feeder... and the birds just peck away.

 I hope to share some images of my garden birds feeding on it... but it will have to be next weekend.
It's now dark when I get up to leave for work... and dark when I get home.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Ulverston....................................................................... birth place of Stan Laurel

Ulverston... images from our recent holiday trip.

The town is well known for the Hoad Monument (it's a replica of Eddystone Lighthouse)

Stan Laurel was apparently born in Ulveston... he is their most famous son.

There is a Laurel and Hardy museum in the town... it's in an old cinema.

Mandy wiggling Ollie's tie... he didn't blink an eye.

Linking to Skywatch Friday and Our World Tuesday