A wonderful few days weather wise. Enough sunshine to put a spring in everyone’s step.😁 Here are some camera shots.. and a few phone photos of birds and blossom taken over the weekend ,and when out and about late this afternoon. The sun shone, bees buzzed and I even saw my first butterfly of the year flutter by. All this as temperatures hit 20°c in February!
What early signs of Spring have you seen recently?
A few weeks ago I couldn’t resist buying a little book of poetry from a book fair that I came across. The anthology is full of beautiful poems about…..birds. And each one is paired with a gorgeous illustration. The book is actually a collection of stunning avian art works that can all be found in The British Museum. It is therefore called The British Museum Birds and if you find a copy, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂
Anyway I thought it might be a nice idea to pair the poetry in the book with my own photographs on here occasionally. Though I am cheating a bit today as these pictures of a Little Egret were taken by my other half on our walk by the river Ribble on Saturday. I think its quite unusual to see egrets inland, but this one has been spotted here in Clitheroe a few times recently.
The illustration in the book is Egret On Willow In Snow , a hanging scroll painting on silk by Oda Kaisen ( 1785-1862).
In the gloom of whiteness,
In the great silence of snow,
A child was sighing
And bitterly saying : ‘ Oh,
They have killed a white bird up there on her nest,
The down is fluttering from her breast!’
And still it fell through that dusky brightness
On the child crying for the bird in the snow.
Edward Thomas ( 1878-1917)
Sorry the first poem I included is quite sad. But I hope you liked it anyway. X
Ha the title of this post sadly doesn’t refer to my knowledge of The London Underground! I am still hopelessly confused by the city’s magnificent transport system. This post simply documents a stroll from A to B, through three beautiful Royal Parks.
After hungrily devouring these gorgeous and expensive cakes in Harrods, with our eyes, we bought a few less expensive items for a picnic in nearby Hyde Park. Hyde Park covers 350 acres and it was just so nice to get out of the hustle and bustle , and into a lovely green space.
Now I’m afraid I didn’t do any research about the Royal Parks. Looking up Hyde Park now, I can see it is full of beautiful sculptures and statues, which we of course completely missed ! I did however see plenty of wildlife and lots of Spring Blossom. 🙂
Boy and Dolphin Fountain.
The Huntress Fountain.
We did spot two sculptures in Hyde Park. The marble Boy and Dolphin Fountain was made in 1862 by Alexander Munro, a friend of Alice In Wonderlands creator , Lewis Carroll. Not far from him is The Huntress Fountain, located in The Rose Garden. Look closely and see that she has made the ideal perch for Mr Magpie.
Our stroll had taken us as far as Wellington Arch which opens into the smallest of London’s Royal Parks, Green Park. Happily we decided to carry on and enjoy the open space. 🙂
The Parks are all the more pretty at this time of year , due to the gorgeous Spring Blossom. If you are in London right now be sure to head to the Royal Parks. 🙂 And look out for the city’s population of bright green parakeets! Popular legend has it that the Ring Tailed Parakeet population was given a helping hand by rock star Jimi Hendrix , who released two on Carnaby Street in the Sixties….
We walked through Green Park towards Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen. A carpet of stunning colours greeted us as we crossed over the road into the oldest of the Royal Parks, St James’s Park.
St James’s Park is a delightful place to stop for an ice cream and admire the water fowl that frequent the lake. There are also wonderful views from the Blue Bridge towards Westminster and the London Eye.
We even managed to spot St James’s most famous residents ! Pelicans have lived in the park since 1664, when the Russian Ambassador gifted some to Charles II. They are cared for by a Wildlife Officer who feeds them fish every day and makes sure they are in tip top condition. The exotic birds also snack on fish in the lake and their usual hangout is Pelican Rock below.
Our walk had taken us through three Royal Parks and the hotel was mere minutes away. Who needs the Underground. 🙂
It’s been a while since I have taken my camera with me , along the banks of the Ribble. Yesterday afternoon sounded a good a time as any. It was hot and sunny and the picnicking world were out in force. I tried to avoid the crowds and see what wildlife was hanging out by the water. Changes are a foot too. The new houses that are being built are creeping closer to the river. I’m not sure what I feel about that.
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine. :0)
Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.
This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. I am a 15 year old young naturalist with a passion for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I have been blogging since May 2013 and you can read my old blog posts at www.appletonwildlifediary.blogspot.co.uk