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Cannon Hill Lane revisited

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I decided to take a stroll to my favourite local park, in bright sunshine and a bitterly cold breeze this morning. Before long I was wishing my gloves weren’t in my other coats pocket, and wouldn’t have said no to wearing one of Chicchantals woolly hats!

It would cut your ears right off your head!

So best foot forward, I strode out briskly trying to warm up. My part of outer London was built mostly in the 1930’s, and can be quite pretty in parts, in fact, many of the houses still have their original art deco front doors.

And windows.

Of which I’m highly jealous.

At the park, nothing much has changed from last visit, but these two pink footed geese are coming into their breeding plumage, and are an obvious pair.

The lake looks serene in the winter sunshine,

but on the water coots are finding partners, an enterprising moorhen is attempting to start nest building, and then I found a new visitor from last time. A tufted duck!

So there I am, sneaking along the bank after it, trying to get a picture without the reeds, which my camera insists on focusing on instead of the duck. As soon as I have it lined up, of course it dives! All this time, right in front of me, nearly at my feet are a line of Mallard ducks, reminding me for all the world, of a line of small children in class. Arms folded, chests stuck out, ‘me teacher, choose me’

I had no time for them today, and no food, so they went disappointed.

In case anyone had forgotten, it is still muddy! I'm expecting the North East Surrey water company to announce a drought, and call for a hosepipe ban, any day now!

Further round I find another hint of spring. The first Blackthorn flowers are opening.

So despite the freezing wind, Spring is just around the corner. In the old calendar, the first day of spring is the first of February. It was called Imbolc. So Spring will soon be here.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LADYBUG1943 3/1/2013 2:28PM

    You've probably left already on your cruise, but wanted to tell you I enjoyed this blog. Reminded me that I want to take MY camera on my next walk! Spring is rearing up her beautiful head here, as well.


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BERRY4 2/28/2013 11:38PM

    The wind always gets me (I get earaches!). I try to keep ear muffs handy or some kind of scarf to wrap around my head.

Some great pics. Glad you were able to get out and enjoy all those sights!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/21/2013 2:36AM

    I love being in the outdoors and taking walks! Great photos! I love those style homes! Check out my blog sometime- I do the same- share photos and even a video on occasion -would like to hear what you think.
Keep up the good work! Keep walking !! emoticon

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LOLABLACK69 2/20/2013 7:28AM

    Beautiful pictures! emoticon

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LEVELPATHS 2/18/2013 5:01PM

    Ha ha - yes , I said to hubby yesterday they'll be warning about droughts!

Great blog - great door - thanks for taking the time. :-)

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FALLNTENN 2/16/2013 8:23PM

    It looks very pretty except for the mud.

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BARCLE 2/16/2013 5:13PM

    Lovely pictures and narrative - I really enjoyed your adventures. Thanks so much for sharing emoticon

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SHELLYBABE2 2/16/2013 3:57PM

    Thanks once again for sharing your walk and the pics :) love them!

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STONECOT 2/14/2013 4:21PM

    I wondered why you wouldn't share my sandwiches,now I know!!

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STONECOT 2/14/2013 4:00PM

    Are you on about my mouldy sandwiches/bread again ?? It was ME that was nearly poisoned!! On a slightly surreal note, me children still compare notes about the mouldy bread they were forced to eat as children!! I merely train the immune system of children/pigeons to the appropriated level!

Comment edited on: 2/14/2013 4:20:32 PM

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CHICCHANTAL 2/14/2013 3:52PM

    The whole world seems in tune on a spring afternoon
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park

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JUNEAU2010 2/13/2013 9:15PM

    Love the pictures! (I would hate the mud!) Next time, I bet you'll have a hat and gloves!

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DOVESEYES 2/13/2013 7:08PM

    ah the promise of Spring!!!

Thanks for taking me too. Love the ducks. emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing the proof that Spring is on its way...!!!

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ANNEMAC5 2/13/2013 1:37PM

    I loved your pictures, I love art deco the door is beautiful. Enjoyed the walk, green shoots are everywhere Spring is nearly sprung

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MARIANNE9855 2/13/2013 1:27PM

    I don't think we have any signs of spring here but maybe I should go for a walk and take my phone to take pictures then if I could figure it out I could post them.
But I don't think I have your beautiful scenery or your skills at narrative emoticon

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-POOKIE- 2/13/2013 10:01AM

    We live in a 1930's semi like that, ours was redecorated last in the 1970's, so its pretty cool!

A lot of the houses out this way towards Kent are the 1930's suburbs as well.

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MILLISMA 2/13/2013 9:59AM

    Thanks for sharing your walk with us. Beautiful!!

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