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Wildlife Wishlist ~ a look back.

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Cute Bunny () ()

Back at the start of 2014 I wrote my Wildlife Wishlist. I hoped I would catch at least three of the following animals and birds on camera…..

Jay, Tawny Owl, Hare, Curlew, Pied Wagtail, Sand Martin, Jackdaw, Fox, Goldfinch, Bullfinch,Lapwing,Starling, Kestrel, Red wing, Swallow, Roe deer, Badger, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Kingfisher.

Female bullfinch
Female bullfinch

Me and my little Lumix didn’t have the best look with the list….but I am hoping for great things this year. After raiding the old Change bottle, myself and the other half have purchased a Lumix FZ72 which has a 60x Optical zoom. Hopefully when I’m out and about ( with or without Hugo the pup) and spy that shy jay in the oak tree over the stream, I might have a greater chance of adding him to my photo collection. 🙂 For now here are a few snaps from last years posts.

Robin.
Robin.
Damsel Fly.
Damsel Fly.
Long tailed tit.Soo cute.:)
Long tailed tit.Soo cute.:)
I was so excited to see the rare Bee orchids that grow in the Salthill reserve. Don't the flowers look like bees. :)
I was so excited to see the rare Bee orchids that grow in the Salthill reserve. Don’t the flowers look like bees. 🙂
Beautiful moss.
Beautiful moss.
Sammy the snail.
Sammy the snail.
Common spotted orchids.
Common spotted orchids.
Little Egret, Bolton le sands.
Little Egret, Bolton le sands.

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

A frosty afternoon.

A tantalising glimpse of snow on Pendle , here in the Ribble Valley it is cold and frosty. Yesterday we wandered down as far as the river and back with little Hugo. He really enjoyed himself running riot.But he is a little unsure of water yet, especially after rather ungracefully plunging into the icy cold brook!  It was a gorgeous day though.Bright and cold.Perfect for a winters walk.

A frosty field.
A frosty field.
Hugo in a typical pose.
Hugo in a typical pose.
Puppy selfie.
Puppy selfie.
Snow on Pendle.
Snow on Pendle.
Goosander in his winter plumage.
Goosander in his winter plumage.
singing thrush.
singing thrush.
Frozen.
Frozen.

I shall leave you here with a Happy New Year and my best wishes for a terrific 2015. 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?

52 Lists ~ List the things that bring you comfort.

Walks in the country.
Walks in the country.
~ Gentle warm sunshine on my skin.
~  Snuggles on the sofa with my other half.
~  A mug of hot chocolate or a refreshing fruit tea in a pretty vintage teacup.
~ Nudges and purrs from my beautiful black cat Slinky.She is not a cuddle cat yet. Oneday!
~ Country walks. Seeing nature up close and personal is a great comfort.
~  The company of good friends.
~  A freshly made up bed.
~  Trips to the coast….and knowing i’m only an hour from the sea.
~   A slab of Wil’s delicious home made lemon & lime cake.
~ Cozy night tv eg Downton,Bake off and Our Zoo. 🙂

What would be on your comforts list? x

Cows and Cow Parsley.

Bank Holiday Monday ~ and I decided to take an afternoon walk up past Standen Hall, instead of heading to the river which I imagine was packed with picnickers. I made my way through some grassy meadows and walked to Lane ends which runs along side the by pass. Cow Parsley was everywhere. And I came across some sunbathing cows. 🙂

Cow parsley is also known as Queen Annes Lace.
Cow parsley is also known as Queen Annes Lace.
Vivid blue forgetmenots.
Vivid blue forgetmenots.
How Now Brown Cow!
How Now Brown Cow!
Dandelion Clock.
Dandelion Clock.
MooooooCows. :)
MooooooCows. 🙂
Country road....
Country road….
Cow Parsley.
Cow Parsley.
Standen Hall through the trees.
Standen Hall through the trees.
Pink Rhodedendrans.
Pink Rhodedendrans.
Grey Wagtail.
Grey Wagtail.
Buttercups.
Buttercups.
Hawthorn blossom.
Hawthorn blossom.

Blossoms and Bunny’s.

Pretty blossom.
Pretty blossom.

No Thursday Favourites this morning. I decided to go for a walk down the fields as I haven’t dragged you all down there for a while. 🙂

The blackthorn bushes are covered in lacey white blossoms. I heard curlews calling. I chased kingfishers as they darted downstream ( alas no pictures yet again) and saw spring lambs and rabbits too, relaxing in the sunshine.

Cooing Wood Pigeons.
Cooing Wood Pigeons.
Sammy the snail.
Sammy the snail.
Bunny.
Bunny.
Relaxing in the sun.
Relaxing in the sun.
Hello there !
Hello there !
Wood anenome.
Wood anenome.
Wild garlic leaves.
Wild garlic leaves.
Blackthorn blossom.
Blackthorn blossom.
Catkins.
Catkins.
Female bullfinch
Female bullfinch
River Ribble.
River Ribble.
Snoozy bunny.
Snoozy bunny.

How is spring doing near you?

A Perfect Spring Day. :)

Askham.
Askham.

Mothers Day and the family headed for Mum’s house in the picturesque Cumbrian village of Askham. We were all spoilt (yes she cooked for us! ) with a delicious home cooked Sunday roast and one of Mum’s famous trifles. Afterwards we went for a walk down the village and along a country lane. Of course I couldn’t resist taking a few photographs as the place was blooming with dancing daffodils.

Pottery studio frontage.
Pottery studio frontage.
The perfect place to take a rest.
The perfect place to take a rest.
Pretty bird. :)
Pretty bird. 🙂
More Daffs.
More Daffs.
Which way to Whale?
Which way to Whale?
Mum, my niece Imogen and Sis.
Mum, my niece Imogen and Sis.
The cleaner the air, the greener the lichen.
The cleaner the air, the greener the lichen.
Village Green.
Village Green.

It was a lovely family day. 🙂

November Nature.

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I’m never quite sure whether to class November as Autumn or Winter. This morning when I took our Jake for a walk round the park, frost covered the leaves and grass and nipped at my fingers. The church bells were ringing for Rememberence Sunday and squirrels were foraging for hidden acorns. But by this afternoon when I actually remembered to take my camera out, the sunshine had thawed everything. It was really busy too. Everyone was out and about making the most of the weather which although nice, proved annoying when I was trying to take a picture of a very shy bullfinch. Alas I could not get the shot. So you will have to make do with the obligatory robin. 🙂

The Sheep are never shy.
The Sheep are never shy.
Golden Leaves.
Golden Leaves.
Under the Bridge.
Under the Bridge.
This way to the River.
This way to the River.
Flower Husk.
Flower Husk.

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River Ribble, Edisford.
River Ribble, Edisford.
Blackbird.
Blackbird.
Edisford Bridge.
Edisford Bridge.
Coal tit
Coal tit
Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill
Long Tailed tits.
Long Tailed tits.
Bobbing Dipper.
Bobbing Dipper.
Robin red breast.
Robin red breast.
Graffiti on the way home.
Graffiti on the way home.

The Shepherd’s Hut

I absolutely love this beautiful shepherds hut retreat that I found on Tales from the Finches Beak blog. I’m sure you will fall in love with it too. 🙂

Tales from the Finchs Beak

We’ve been undecided all summer as to what to do for a proper break. Stay somewhere in England, back to our favourite spot in Cornwall, somewhere new or just crash on the beach for an all inclusive week abroad. Given the stunning summer we’ve had this year, I am really glad we didn’t go overseas.

I was in two minds about whether to share this place or not as I think we’ve found a real gem and part of me does wants to be really selfish and keep it all to myself!

In the end, we opted for a week somewhere new, and having found this converted shepherd’s hut online, we found a week we were free and made a booking. On arriving, it seemed even more lovely than online.

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Rather than being one tiny retreat, the accommodation is spread across two different ‘huts’. The first (the green one above)…

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