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

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The flowers in my garden are looking good...................... so are the tomatoes

This is a repeat from yesterday... the editing took me so long it was posted at midnight.

Sorry if you have already viewed this short video of the flowers in my little garden.

This year I have planted flowers to attract bees and butterflies... not much going on so far but here's hoping.


I am also growing tomatoes... three plants outside in a grow bag.
They appear at the end of this video clip... still green but I have loads of them.
If the sun keeps shining they should ripen fairly soon.... watch this space.

Today's Flowers

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Flowers in my garden..................................... and the tomatoes are doing well

A short video clip of the flowers in my little garden.


I am growing tomatoes...three plants outside in a grow bag.
If the sun keeps shining they should ripen fairly soon.... watch this space.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Juvenile Blackbirds.......................................................... having a drink on me

We have had a few juvenile blackbirds feeding in the garden this morning... along with their parents.

 As well as feeding the birds we also provide them with fresh water... for bathing as well as drinking.

This small pot of water by the steps is very popular with all the ground feeding birds.

We have a feeder on the patio table... this little one was enjoying picking up the scraps.
Lovely birds to see close up... no need for binoculars in my little garden.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, 26 July 2014

It's been a while!................................................ the tree seen on my commute

My journey to and from Manchester through the lanes of Cheshire is quite relaxing... the best part of my day.

I haven't shared an image of the lone tree I pass twice a day for ages.
This shot was captured this morning.... around 8 o'clock.
The gap in the hedge has become overgrown... a nice frame for my images.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker................................ enjoying my peanuts

I have already shared a video clip of this juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker on my peanut feeder.

This is a similar clip but a little bit longer...

...I captured over 15 minutes of him feeding but he kept moving up and down and out of shot.
I live and learn... next time I will zoom out a bit more.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The gardens looking good................................................... it's quite colourful

The gardens looking quite colourful at the moment... and the weathers been hot and sunny this week.

I was a bit late with some of the bedding plants this year... they will fill out soon.
Plenty of bees buzzing around but I've not seen many butterflies... hopefully that will change soon.

My secret seat for watching the birds... tucked away near the shed.
It's not really tucked away as my garden is tiny... but I like this shot.

Floral Friday Fotos

Monday, 21 July 2014

My grandson Arthur........................ enjoying a toasted sandwich with his Dad

My son Craig having a snack in the garden with my little grandson Arthur... I love his little wellies.
He really is a happy little chap... I love him to bits.

Our World Tuesday