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a Sunday sashay

Monday, February 27, 2012

We walked around Scarborough mere on Sunday afternoon.
A remnant of a larger body of water which surrounded Oliver's Mount, it now covers sixteen acres and is owned by the Scarborough Angling Club.
It was windy and very chilly but enjoyable non the less.
My arthritic knee has been playing me up so we only did three miles, I find if I push it I can get relief the next day. I enjoyed the walk but paid for it overnight with a lot of aching though this morning it's a lot easier.

The dried brown grasses and sedges at the waters edge were beginning to show signs of green shoots at their bases, the iris were pushing out shoots and the hazel catkins were swaying in the wind.

There were a few hardy anglers, bundled up to the nines, either sitting in their little green tent structures or else huddled in their chairs and braving the wind. They didn't seem to be catching much and some were already packing up while others just looked positively fed up!

There were a few families out for a stroll in the fresh air, exuberant children feeding the ducks and running riot amongst the bushes, letting off steam whilst indulgent parents ignored them and walked arm in arm under the trees.

Some of the waterfowl were already pairing up, the crested grebes were doing a display dance but others were still in family groups.
The geese seemed to be pairing off, they weren't all together in the huge flocks they arrive in and there were lots of herring gulls taking a vacation from the seaside.

There were a few despondent looking snowdrops but no spring colour to speak of except a few buds on the flowering currant bushes and the odd red viburnum berries the birds had missed.

Here are a few pictures:



A male Canada Goose asks a lady to take a stroll...



She agrees and he trumpets his glee to the world!



A pair of Embden Geese with a juvenile



A flotilla of Embden Geese go past



A pair of Greylag Geese, I love the way he's balanced on one leg!



Who're you looking at?
His beak is a beautiful colour.



A Mute Swan's feathers are ruffled by the wind



A white Pekin drake and his Mallard duck...a pairing of different species



A lovely young birch tree, delicately silhouetted against the sky, is endowed with witch's besoms. They're caused by a virus or fungal disease and don't do the tree any harm.



An angler, bundled up against the biting wind, waits for a nibble!



  
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SNUZSUZ 2/28/2012 9:07AM

    Great pictures! Thanks:)

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/28/2012 3:14AM

    Beautiful birds, and beautiful photos. The Birch Tree was interesting. Love how the other tree bends over, and in the water. Hope your knee has calmed down!

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ECONLADY 2/27/2012 12:36PM

    I'm not sure which I like better the pictures or the writing. The writing is very poetic and I can see what you are describing. The pictures are fantastic! Not only are they clear, its the composition. It's a beautiful balance and the angles give that little extra.

My daughter has just taken her first photography class and the teacher is seeing what I saw six years ago, my daughter can just automatically see how the picture should look. Like you her composition and angles are not ordinary and quite beautiful. You can feel the emotion of the subject.

Okay I love your blogs!

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XME501 2/27/2012 11:51AM

    Beautiful!! So glad you enjoyed your walk. It has been just too windy here in Pendleton the past few days to walk outside. And, this morning got up to a dusting of snow. And, that is not safe for me - I just do not want to fall, so will not chance it.

But, will get to the club today. Have been going most every day and really enjoying it - think I am getting "addicted". Have even lost a pound!!



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see what a touch of sunshine can do...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's been a bit warmer this last week, mainly due to the wind dropping.

Surprisingly Thursday's weather was supposedly warmer than the continent at seventeen degrees...we never quite made that here, it was more down the south of the country but the sun did appear, albeit briefly, causing the bees to stir and the spring flowers to open.

Here are a few pictures taken in my garden



crocus



crocus



miniature iris



a bee on an aconite

  
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MARTHA-ANN 2/27/2012 4:19AM

    Thanks everyone, it's just spring waking up really...lol...

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SNUZSUZ 2/26/2012 7:19PM

    Beautiful!

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/25/2012 4:49PM

    Your flowers are beautiful. Good for you, you captured a Bee. They are hard to shoot. You must have sent your wind this way. Today I woke up to wind. Spoils my outing for the lake. Hopefully tomorrow will be nicer.

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ECONLADY 2/25/2012 3:42PM

    Beautiful pictures! You are very talented.

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SUE_2U 2/25/2012 1:57PM

    Oh how beautiful the flowers are in your garden, already! How vivid the colors!
Spring is my favorite time of year. At least most of the time, it is. It's so full of growth and promise and the light is so beautiful. Your pictures capture that perfectly.

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NEELOJ 2/25/2012 11:41AM

    Love that Sunshine!!!

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'Snowdrop walk'.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My friend Ruth and I decided to go on an annual 'snowdrop walk' in the grounds of a nearby stately home.

It's Thorpe Hall, near the village of Rudston in East Yorkshire and is the home of Sir Ian MacDonald of Sleat and his family.
It isn't open to the public except for two week-ends in spring when they have their annual 'snowdrop' and 'daffodil' walks.
Only the woodland area is opened and all the proceeds go to Rudston village church so it's for a good cause too, not commercial like the other stately homes.
There's a newly refurbished tearoom, in the old laundry, run by the village ladies and well worth a visit as it sports mouth wateringly delicious home made tasties and a good cuppa.
They usually have snowdrops and aconites for sale too.

Anyway after the heavy snow we've had we were fearing the worst as last year they didn't do very well with visitors as the flowers were hidden under inches of snow. This year we were lucky, the snow having disappeared only days before the due week-end.

The forecast was decidely gloomy...for sleet and showers and it was very cold and windy so we were bundled up well.
We set off wearing, in my case walking boots and Ruth's case shocking pink wellies with the breast cancer awareness logo all over them, clomping through the rutted muddy track down to the pond which was completely dry, not even soft mud, after the lack of rain throughout the last year so we walked where we hadn't ever walked before.
I'm afraid we went 'off piste' so to speak as it wasn't part of the designated trail...but it was pretty!

The bare woodland plain trunked beech trees were carpeted underfoot with snowdrops and aconites. Intermingled gold, white and green amid the fallen ginger coloured beech masts and leaves.
It was stunning, they stretched out along the track sides and my pictures don't do them justice.

We rounded one bend and bumped into seven people we knew from our own village,there was lots of joking about how 'we should have got a bus up' before saying our goodbyes and we wandered on.

It was so peaceful in the Gypsy Valley, though the little stream wasn't running. The Gypsy Race is what's called ephemeral water as sometimes it disappears underground but it always comes back.
We ambled across an open field before the trees enfolded us and suddenly the sun came out, slanting through the bare branches making the dust motes dance before hiding back behind the clouds.

As we neared the end of the walk, by the lovely old octagonal dairy with it's stained glass windows, we bumped into the lady herself.
Lady Juliet was walking two of her prize winning dalmations. She was very chatty and remembered us as she'd had a cup of tea with us in the tearoom last year at the 'daffodil' walk.
It fair made our afternoon.

Of course, we finished off at the Old Laundry Tearoom for a piece of delicious homemade flapjack, a drink and a well deserved sit down.
We know all the ladies of the village and the seven friends from our own village were there too so we spent a pleasant half hour chatting with friends and catching up with the latest gossip from both villages.
We included some visitors who hadn't been to Thorpe before, they remarked how friendly everyone was and they'd definitely be coming again so we gave them details for the 'daffodil' walk and away they went ' Happy as Larry!
Who is Larry?

Here are a few pictures from the walk:

Sorry, I'm having trouble uploading, it says the file's too big even though it's the same as usual so will try later:

Still having trouble so trying the html instead, hopefully you can then view my flickr posts by clicking on the set Thorpe Hall then clicking on it again, then click on each photo in the set to view on large or you can just click on each of the small photos at the right hand side of the page...there are some of last years 'daffodil walk' in the set too.

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GOLDFISHLIZ 2/21/2012 4:38PM

    Lovely! I love snowdrops - so pretty, and long lasting. Ours were very early this year - early January, so some are going over a bit, but what a treat. I have some daffies just about to pop - and this is Cumbria!
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SUE_2U 2/21/2012 2:33PM

    Oh my it sounds lovely! And the pictures are incredible! So many of them everywhere! I've not seen that many snowdrops all in one place, before!
Love your pictures so much! Thank you for sharing!

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ECONLADY 2/21/2012 1:10PM

    Your writing is as beautiful as your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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Well, hello!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The temperatures have picked up nicely now and the snow is disappearing fast though we've got weather predictions of very low temperatures and possibly more snow for next week.
It's nice to see the sunshine on the viburnum and the hardy little snowdrops which the snow hid are poking through...as is my stone teddy bear!


Snowdrops poking through



Stone teddy bear on the garden wall



Viburnum Bodnantense 'Dawn'

  
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MARTHA-ANN 2/19/2012 4:34PM

    Thankyou

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DOLLBABE56 2/19/2012 3:04PM

    Beautiful pictures.

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SUE_2U 2/17/2012 2:36PM

    What lovely photos! Really enjoyed them very much! Spring is there!

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MARTHA-ANN 2/17/2012 11:51AM

    Thanks everyone emoticon

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XME501 2/17/2012 11:25AM

    Love the little teddy bear!! So cute peeking out from the snow.
barb

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/17/2012 1:46AM

    They blossom is beautiful. Wow, if your snowdrops are popping up, then mine should be. I will have to go look. I hope the next snow storm isn't heavy!

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CELLOPLAYER1 2/16/2012 6:06PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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ECONLADY 2/16/2012 4:13PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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MOM2ACAT 2/16/2012 3:13PM

    Beautiful pics!
I have a few snowdrops too but haven't seen them yet this year.

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ONESPOTLEFT 2/16/2012 6:29AM

    I love snow drops!

I just love the flowers that break the snow blanket

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my world...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's minus ten this morning with a very cold wind making the wind chill factor even more .

We live in a small village but the council gritters have done a good job and we weren't snowed in this year!

Here are a few views heading out around the village:















At least the road's been cleared!

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 2/15/2012 3:15PM

    Sorry I am late reading your blog. The snow is so pretty. You have old interesting trees as well. I love to see them bare, especially against the snow. Wonderful pictures!

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XME501 2/12/2012 12:32PM

    Beautiful!! But looks so cold.

We had only a smidgen of snow this winter and a very cold spell. But, it is sunny and warmer this morning. Am planning to get out for a walk this afternoon - and will stop at the club after a trip to WalMart. Need ink for my printer and more light bulbs for the dining room - the last one of 5 blew yesterday.

You have certainly had your share of the snow and cold. Just hope you are staying warm!!
barb

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MARTHA-ANN 2/12/2012 7:20AM

    Thanks, it is beautiful but it makes life difficult!

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SUE_2U 2/11/2012 9:08PM

    Really beautiful photos! But so cold!!!! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 2/11/2012 2:13PM

    Beautiful scenery!

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