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.


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

Thursday, 14 August 2014

It's me!!............................................................................................................

 Out and about at Arley Hall and Gardens last weekend.

Arley Hall.... Disney have just filmed "Evermoor" here.


Mandy captured me while I was unaware and has persuaded me to share the images.


The flower borders at Arley are fantastic and are reputed to be the first perennial borders ever planted.

I am still having problems with my knees and arthritis... hence the sitting down.

Grumpy bloke enjoying his afternoon tea... and yes I did burn my head again.

It's not just the flowers that make my garden so colourful....... it's the wildlife

My little garden really is blooming this year.

I enjoy capturing video clips of my garden visitors... some of them are as colourful as the flowers

It's a short clip... I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did making it.

Saturday's Critters and Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, 11 August 2014

A garden first........................................................... a lovely Peacock butterfly

I had a lovely visitor to the garden this weekend...  a beautiful Peacock butterfly.

The image above was captured last summer during a visit to a local stately home.



They are quite a common butterfly to see... just not in my garden!
Luckily I was videoing the bees in my garden... (scroll down to view my last post)
My garden has had some really colourful visitors this year... I'm keeping my fingers crossed for more.

Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 10 August 2014

My little garden........................................................................... is very buzzy!

The flowers in my garden are attracting lots of bees and insects.



It's just a short clip (30 seconds) taken yesterday in the sunshine...
 ...it's been raining all day today.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Smash and grab raid............................................................. a quick getaway?


The slugs in my garden stealing the bread I put out for the birds.

OK!... the getaway isn't that fast but the perpetrators do split up during their escape.
Sorry... I haven't really lost the plot... just a bit of fun while filming the wildlife in my garden.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters

Thursday, 31 July 2014

I take pride in having clean windows................ but there's times I wish I didn't

I try and keep my windows spotlessly clean...
...a lot of my bird images and video clips have been captured through the glass.

Unfortunately clean glass has it's problems... birds see the reflected garden and fly full tilt into the glass.
 In my garden it always seems to be the Goldfinches.

This little fella hit the glass hard last May... it recovered but took over half an hour.
 I stuck adhesive decals on the glass which seemed to do the trick... this year I forgot!

 This juvenile Goldfinch crashed into the kitchen window the other night with quite a thud.

It ended up on top of the BBQ and seemed to be recovering.
I had to nip out to the shops....it only took me 10 minutes.
When I got home it was dead.... the decals are now back on the glass!

Linking to Saturday's CrittersCamera CrittersOur World Tuesday...
  ...Wild Bird Wednesday and  The Bird D'pot