Today :D Feel free to gloat ;)
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Panorama from the steps down into my field. I took this so that I could label it up and show the twitchers where the bee eaters are in relation to every thing else. Intending to take a photo of what looked like it was going to be a glorious sunset for my 365. But I had a "bit of a turn" :lol: and woke up at about 11.30 :shrug So, you'll have to make do with this ;)
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
So, last night I was watching the bee eaters from my kitchen window, swooping about over my field, when suddenly I saw one go down on to the bank between my field and my neighbours. Carried on watcing it and didn't see it come up again.
A quick google and they live in burrows :D So, this morning I took a short stroll and look what I've got :D
Am now completely worried that I'm turning into a "twitcher" and have developed a very unhealthy interest in camoflauge netting :D
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Short of actually building some sort of hide and camping out for hours on end with the camera on a tripod, I really don't think that I'm going to be able to get much better than this - unless it's by pure luck of course :)
The apricot tree got a good pruning one year, resprouted and then just died, I've left if planted there as my intention was to buy some sort of climbing plant to climb up it - must put that on my shopping list. The pulley wheel? Well, it needs to live somewhere :D
Friday, 19 April 2013
As you can see, small dog is still with us, I took this just as a comparison, so that you can see just how teeny tiny she is.
Once she has mastered the art of opening beer cans, I'll teach her how to use a corkscrew and maybe even how to iron ;)
Whilst the girlies are with their dad, I've been attempting to do some gardening. I'm finding it tough going though - it's so much easier if you've someone to help you - not that they're much help, but you know what I mean. The bouganvilla that got a quick trimming.
I bought some Pelargoniums the other day - finaly got them repotted - I rather like these as they can miss a day or two's watering in the summer and not suffer too much - and are so bright and cheerfull.
As an added bonus, you also get this feeble excuse for a photograph, actually in small like this it doesn't look too bad. The Bee Eaters have arrived and this one was halfway down the field. Typically, I had one not 20 meters away from me when I didn't have my camera in my hand, by the time I had returned with it, it had gone. Will this be the year that I finally get a shot of a Bee Eater?
It was getting late and my photo not taken. Got Charlotte to hold an angle poise lamp directed at Natties face and job done :)
Sunday brought another sunny day and we continued with our pool cleaning - this is a very bad picture, but just as I started to get lined up, it started raining - those huge great drops - so it was a quick snap and back into the house. But, the pool is getting there.
There were big monkeys
And naughty monkeys!!!
I also spotted a black squirrel - which I've never seen before
We stopped for lunch and went down to the walky round bit, where we saw Wallabies with babies in their pouches - although this one looks like it should be being charged dig money, it's so big!!
Into the Squirrel Monkey enclosure - seriously cute, if somewhat smelly.
And now she has her iPhone back and is not freezing cold, a smiley Charlotte!!
Freerange marmosets - again seriously cute, but smelly and probably bitey too. Nattie was enamoured and is pleading her case for having one.
A couple of elephants
And back into the car for the dangerous animals again.
A number of lumbering Rhino, who did actually break into a bit of a gallop once we had passed them
A black bear - had to be taken with the window up as the rangers were very close. Doing what bears do best in the sunshine - just about nothing.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
On the way back we passed through Stoney Stratford where I took this shot of The Old George and had coffee and cakes in Costas.
Friday was still fairly overcast although the sun did come out now and again. And we spent the afternoon at Bletchley Park. The house and gardens were quite splendid, although I'm sure it will all be a lot prettier come the summer.
Hot Chocolate and cakes was also consumed - they just don't do cake in Spain like they do in the UK.
The girlies were delighted to find a proper re telephone box for posing purposes too.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
On the Wednesday we caught the train up to London for the day. According to the weather reports it should have been a sunny and warm today - it was bloody freezing. First stop was Buckingham Palace to see Changing the Guard.
A very brief stop in Trafalgar Square and straight into a McDonalds for a very welcome Hot cup of coffee and a Burger - it would appear that many other people had this idea too, fortunately we found a table though.
Suitably warmed up, we continued our march down towards Westminster and Big Ben - girls were really excited and wanted their photo taken many times with this.
We crossed over Westminster Bridge, as you can see not only was it cold, it was also blowing a bit of a hooley!!!
Then we went to get our tickets for the London Dungeeons and the Eye. There was a short 4d film to watch before hand, which was actually rather good.
Then we joined the queue for the dungeons. Still freezing cold and oh my god, about an hour and a half's wait to get inside. We amused ourselves taking photos.
Upon dismounting the Eye, we proceeded to cross the Thames again on the Waterloo bridge, I think it would've made a better photo if we'd used the bridge in between though. As you can see, still blowing a gale and freezing cold.
We walked up to Convent Garden, where there was a lot of street theatre going on and had a very welcome if expensive mug of Hot Chocolate.
From here, we jumped onto the Tube.
And travelled to Picadilly Circus.
And that was it, tube back to Euston and end of day in London. A very tiring day.