Friday, 18 June 2010

Watching the filming of Springwatch and Wrecks has a nasty shock.

On Tuesday evening my daughter and I and Wrecks the dog went down to Kimmeridge to watch Simon King filming Springwatch and be a bit nosey. It turned out to be quite a traumatic experience! In the first picture you can see Simon King out in the water being filmed.
This is all the paraphernalia in the car park with Clavell tower in the background.

Looking down on the filming, Simon King on the far left. Unfortunatly my batteries ran out on the camera but my daughter has some much closer pictures taken very close to them on the beach.
We decided to take Wrecks for a walk while the filming was going on and walked on the lane behind the coastguard cottages when suddenly out of one of the gardens came a German Shepherd dog at high speed and just latched onto poor Wrecks neck! Amy and I tried to get the dog off but he was too strong for us so we just had to shout "HELP" and thankfully people came running out of the cottages. It took two people to prise the dogs jaws off Wrecks and seemed to take ages. The lady owner was obvoiusly very shocked as it was entirely unprovoked and Wrecks was on a lead and walking sedately between my daughter and I. Thankfully Wrecks is OK although his collar has a bite mark right through it and his neck is bruised, he can't shake his head properly at the moment. I think we may have given the sound men on the filming a bit of a problem with all the noise! It was very frightening and I admit the following day I was nervous of walking him.
Up on the top a lone camera.

Lastly the garden is looking good, it's such a lovely time of year.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

This is a VERY scary hedge!

This first picture is not at all scary, it's a view of Dorset from Okeford Hill where we walked in the very hot heat on Sunday afternoon. The wild flowers are so pretty at this time of year and the lanes peaceful and full of butterfly's.
Whenever I think of moving out of Dorset I only need to walk up here to change my mind again.Right, here's the scary bit! We saw alot of bits of hedge festooned in cobwebs like this, there would be a few yards of clear hedge then lots of patches like this.I am not a spider lover so made a mental note not to live in this village! Does anyone know anything about it and why there is so much in one spot? Some bits were bigger and more densely covered.

This little insect obligingly sat next to me allowing me to play with the macro! I don't know what it is, I must look him up.
Just to add, my son has started writing a blog about his trips around Britian on his new touring bike, so far he has been to Devon and Somerset, have a peep on the side bar (Cycling expeditions)

Friday, 4 June 2010

These early summer evenings are just perfect for strolling and enjoying the insect filled, scented dusk. Walking with wrecks the dog last night was pretty near perfect!
Bank holiday Monday saw us back at Corfe Castle, partly to get my birthday present and partly so we could see this train running through from the main line (which is, I am told quite rare!)Here it is going across Corfe Common where I reclined and read a book while we waited.
I like this little bit of garden outside a cottage in the village and would like to sit in the chair.
When I walked through the park on my way to work I saw this Cormorant at about 7am in the misty light before the sun had burned through. He's there nearly every day.
The birthday gift I went to get at the Boilerhouse gallery in Corfe Castle was a hand carved wood kingfisher made by a chap called Bruno Channon. I had arranged that I would go and look this weekend but unfortunately for me they had all sold, and he had put three there on Friday! I spoke to him and he is going to make 2 more and I can choose which one I would like....and I get to choose the wood I like, which is better really. Sort of bespoke! I have chosen Oak and Yew, I was born on Oak Apple day and I love Oak trees, and Yew is just such an old and beautiful coloured wood.
I did however get these two bird feeders that you see hanging from the Oak tree in our garden, they were outside a cottage and only £2.50! The notice said "Put money through letterbox", this was a bit tricky as he had nailed up the letterbox in his door! Anyway we forced it through and the neighbour said he would tell him it was there!