Deer Park

I went to a large park a couple of weeks ago; it was back when we had temperatures over 30 degrees or roughly 93 fahrenheit (for those of you who use that form of measure of heat). Fortunately I went early in the day so I didn’t get the massive heat and I also stayed pretty much in the shade wearing my large brimmed hat and lots of sun cream. πŸ™‚

I thought I would share some pictures of the deer there.

This young female was keeping cool in the heat, although you can’t see there’s a pond just to the right of the photograph.

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Garden Update…

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted, but summer is here, the garden is in full swing now with vegetables growing, juvenile and adult birds coming and going on our feeders, with summer flowers in full bloom. πŸ™‚

To start off here’s a picture of a special visitor to the garden.

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Busy Garden Birds

During this time of year it’s a really busy time for our garden birds.

Laying eggs feeding chicks and then fledglings leaving and wanting to be fed by the parents….mostly!

Here’s a few pictures of our parents and juvenile birds in our garden.

The blue tit adults make about a thousand trips per-day to feed the chicks; this adult is just leaving the nest box.

I love blue tits they look like the punk rockers of the bird world. πŸ™‚

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My Garden Oasis

Hi, I thought I would explain why I hadn’t been blogging recently.

A family member and someone I was very close to unfortunately had bone cancer (which is incurable) and passed away earlier this month; I have been doing a lot of thinking, especially about that person and thinking about a very close friend and someone I care about a lot that I haven’t been able to talk to since November 5th 2014.

My garden has become my little oasis and being an introvert this has helped me come to terms with the death of that family member and get back to my old self again. I am going to start blogging properly again when I have sorted out and edited some of the photograph’s I have taken while I’ve been away.

We have blue tits in our nesting box on the conservatory and this is a shot I managed to get (edited today).

I hope everyone is ok and in good health and enjoying the spring. πŸ˜‰

Blooming in Spring

The garden is in full spring colour at the moment and I thought I would post a few photographs of it. πŸ™‚

I took this yesterday, it’s a picture of one side of our small front garden. The tulips have all come out in spectacular reds and whites, we have hyacinths of various colours and the daffodils are still just hanging on too! πŸ™‚

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Excitement – Sparrowhawk in the Garden…

Yesterday afternoon we had a rare but welcome visitor to our garden; it was rather dreary and pouring with rain, I was actually cleaning my camera (lucky coincidence) and making sure the lens and body were pretty dust-free and clean. All of a sudden I heard a large thump and there on our fence was sat a beautiful Sparrowhawk, it had obviously missed its prey and looked quite dejected in the dreary weather.

I quickly assembled my camera and took a few photographs, not the best but the best I could manage in the short space of time this bird was in the garden on full view.

I was hoping that it would stay in the garden for longer but it then flew into our trees (which are starting to leaf up; good cover for a bird of prey); It stayed up there for about another 15-20 minutes, then flew off. 😦

It took our other birds a good hour to come back to the feeders and start using them again. πŸ™‚

I hope we will see it again this year; although not good for our other little birds that it hunts, its brilliant to see this fantastic bird in the garden. πŸ™‚

Have you any unusual visitors this early on in spring?

Garden Update

This last weekend has been really busy – spring is here! πŸ™‚

Things are moving on at a pace in the garden, flowers are really springing up, vegetable seeds are starting to be planted in seed trays and the blackbirds are singing furiously to proclaim territory and catch a mate. πŸ˜€

This is one of many crocus types in my garden, they are delicate and beautiful and a sure sign that the weather is getting warmer when they leap into flower.

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