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Hawthorn’s November Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Hi there Scavenger Hunters and those of you just dropping in for a nosy. 😄 It’s Kate/ Hawthorn’s last Scavenger Hunt of 2018, so I thought I’d better make an effort and join in. Though I did find some of the prompts pretty tough this time around. Still I do like a challenge, so here goes….

Post/Mailbox. I’m still loving Postcrossing, which is a fun way of sending and receiving postcards from all around the world. These three are off to Italy, USA and Japan. I have already popped them in the post box.

Decay. Bracket Fungi , according to Wikipedia are an ‘ important agent of wood decay, playing a significant role in nutrient cycling and carbon dioxide production of forest ecosystems’. Go bracket fungi! This one was snapped a couple of weeks ago in Ravenglass.

Second hand. I love this book called Sketches of Bird Life by C. F. Tunnicliffe. It originally belonged to Wils Dad and having been handed down, now lives with us. His drawings are beautiful , and you may recognise his style. Tunnicliffe illustrated the wildlife Ladybird Books. 🙂

Strand. Here are my two god-daughters on the shores strand-line in Ravenglass. Hugo is also there, splashing in the water. We loved our time away in this coastal Cumbrian village. You can read about our weekend Here.

Fold. Sorry, its those ‘Festival Sheep’ again. I ended up using the word ‘fold’ in the context of ‘a flock of sheep’ and these are a colourful meadow full near Ravenglass. The farmer marks the ewes that have been impregnated by a ram. I think the different colours mean different fathers and also the number of lambs expected per mother.

My Own Choice. Definitely making my own mouth water here. Wil took me out for tea on my Birthday to Bowland Beer Hall. This was dessert. Yummy! Who else loves Churros with chocolate sauce??

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

What to look for in Spring ~ A Ladybird Book.

Spring is well and truly here ( along with lots of April showers!) , so on Sunday I took  my Ladybird Book ‘ What To Look For In Spring’ out and about for an impromptu Photo Shoot. Ladybird Books were part of my childhood, though it is only in the last couple of years that I have started collecting the What To Look For series. Now I have all four seasons, I think I will expand my collection to include some of the other Nature titles. 🙂 It was interesting to compare the pictures in the book ( beautifully illustrated by naturalistic painter Charles Tunnicliffe) with  life in the countryside today.

My photos are from two walks I did with the dog  ( and Wil!) in my local area. I’ve included a few written extracts found in ‘What To Look For In Spring’ along with my pictures. 🙂 This Ladybird book was published in 1961.

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Blackthorn Blossom.

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‘By the first week of April the lambs that were born in February are large enough to enjoy springtime games. The blackthorn is now in full blossom’

The lambs I saw were catching the sun’s rays and the lacey blackthorn blossoms are indeed in full bloom.

‘Growing amongst the roots of the tree are violets and lesser celandine.Dead leaves have gathered here and decayed , giving nourishment to the roots of the violets which like soft humus.’

I’m not sure what soft humus is, but it seems to be true…..

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Male Goosander.
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Speedwell.
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Magpie.

‘ Magpies are wily birds and it is extremely difficult to get near enough to shoot them, but many countrymen do so when they can, and feel they have done a good deed.’

Hmmm not sure country folk go round shooting Magpies, but some do salute them!

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Watchful Grey Squirrel.
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Wood -anemones.

‘In a woodland opening we find wood-anemones which spread by underground stems and are consequently all close together.’

Saw carpets of these pretty white flowers in the woods.:)

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Wild Strawberry or Barren Strawberry flower,not sure which.

It was the perfect day for a walk up a country lane with views of Pendle Hill, its  slopes looking almost gentle from this distance.

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Marsh Marigolds or King Cups.

We know that March will soon be followed by April-when windows can be opened again,and hedgehogs and dormice can end their hibernation and enjoy the sunshine.With Spring comes the greatest wonder of the year-possibly even more beautiful than Summer.’

I certainly agree that Spring is full of wonder. Every day new flowers appear and life is springing up everywhere. If you have a ladybird book or any nature publication from the past, why not see how wildlife compares ,then and now.Let me know how you get on. X

 

 

What to look for in Autumn ~ A Ladybird Nature book.

I’m not sure whether I have left it a little late to take my What to look for in Autumn Ladybird book out and about. After all November is not particularly Autumn like, in that the best of the seasons colours are fading away. Today however was fine and sunny so I made the most of the afternoon and had a mooch down the river. Unfortunately I think everyone else in my hometown had the very same idea. Oh, I don’t like to share !

I love the Ladybird What to look for books, which were published in the 1950s. I have managed to collect three of the seasons ( Summer, Autumn & Winter) and they are interesting to look through ~ especially to see how the countryside has changed over the years. They are illustrated beautifully by artist Charles Tunnicliffe, whose work was also used in the novel Tarka the Otter and on Brook Bond Tea cards. 🙂

Here are a few of the photographs of my afternoon and the star of my shoot ( tee hee ), my What To Look For In Autumn Ladybird Book.

My walk started out somewhat Pear shaped.
My walk started out somewhat Pear shaped.
Leafy track.
Leafy track.
Beautiful Barn Owl.
Beautiful Barn Owl.
Hawthorn berries.
Hawthorn berries.
Amongst the beach nuts.
Amongst the beach nuts.
Autumn colours.
Autumn colours.
Yarrow husk.
Yarrow husk.
Snow Berries.
Snow Berries.
By the river.
By the river.
Handsome Pheasants.
Handsome Pheasants.
Crunching.
Crunching.
Munching.
Munching.
Holly.
Holly.
Heading home.
Heading home.

Do you have any Ladybird books?