Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Walk around the old town and giraffe feeders!

Recently I have started as a volunteer at my local museum helping to index the old newspapers from the 1870's onwards. It's fascinating work and I'm really enjoying it, in fact it's hard not to just sit and read it all!
One article I read today was about a man who stole 3 fowl and was arrested by a policeman the following day and was found to have feathers about his person resembling those of the missing fowl!
The picture above is where I do this volunteering, a lovely and ancient old building on the quay in the town. It's called the Town Cellars and was built during the first half of the 15th century, wonderful to do the indexing in a building which has nearly 600 years of history already.
It takes me about 45 minutes to walk there and I noticed these little fellows on the way through as I went through the park...all facing the same way!Another side of the town is the luxury boats that are made here, you can see by the size of the cars parked next to them how big they are. The super rich come to buy them, I believe Roman Abramowicz has a bigger boat than these but it comes from the same boatyard.
Last Sunday D and I walked from Okeford Fitzpayne, up over the ridgeway to near Shillingstone, it was cold but the views up there were glorious. We saw a flock of about eight yellowhammers, bright yellow in the afternoon sunshine. I notice this week that the birds are singing properly now, spring is just around the corner when that happens.
What's this? Not as I thought, a giraffe feeder...not a lot of giraffe in Dorset, but a beacon that is lit on special occasions right up high.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Fritham and Eyeworth Pond

D and I had to go to fetch something from the New Forest today so decided to make an occasion of it and enjoy a cold January day out in the forest.
We went to Fritham and on to Eyeworth pond where we met this very friendly little fellow. It was bitingly cold but occasional bursts of sunshine made it all more bearable! We sat here and D listened to the football match on the radio between Southampton and Pompey (that had a gloomy outcome as his team didn't win!) so to cheer him up we went to have a bowl of soup at a nice little tearoom nearby.
I'm sure there is a caption somewhere for this picture! In the forest there are alot of animals wandering around in the roads, pigs, donkeys, cows, sheep, deer and of course the New Forest ponies.
This Mandarin was so beautifully marked, I know they originate from Asia but this one and his lady seemed perfectly at home on the pond. Click on the picture to see a better view.
Again if you click on the picture you will see a donkey and a few pigs on or by the lane.
The bird in the middle at the rear of the ducks is a Goosander, this is a first for me, I don't think I have ever seen one before. There were several pairs at the pond and I suspect they will disappear in the spring away to their breeding grounds.
Also saw a Nuthatch, Willow or Marsh Tit, Blue Tit, Robins, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Greylag Geese, Wagtails, Hedge Sparrows, House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Redwings, and Fieldfares.
I'd like to go back to the pond in the spring, and take a picnic....and watch some more......

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Surfers sunset

One of my sons is crazy about surfing and spends every moment he can freezing on the water in winter by Bournemouth pier. He took this picture on his phone a couple of days ago and I think it's wonderful. Gods creation at its best.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Well, Bovey Belle asked what my favourite music memory would be. This afternoon it would have been the Welsh national anthem having just watched Wales beaten by the English in the Six nations!
However I do like this one by Enya, she has such a beautiful pure voice and my Grandmother used to sing this song (although maybe not quite as well!)

Enjoy Enya!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Spring is on it's way....

I am often amazed to find that even though I live in the heart of a large town,..conurbation really, there is always a little bit of the natural world to enjoy.

Having spent a lovely afternoon sewing with four friends from church and drinking tea I walked home through these woods. The birds were singing well, maybe spring is on it's way soon....
You can hear traffic all the time but
when I wander through these woods I can tune the sounds out a bit and just hear the birdsong and the urban sounds fade away. When you get to the top there is viewpoint which looks over the harbour, you can see the ferry in this picture but in the next month all passenger sailing will cease from this Port. The most exciting thing in this picture is the tree in the middle with catkins all over it, spring is on the way!