Friday, 28 January 2011

Turn Back Time on the High Street

A trip out this afternoon meant scarves, hats and gloves, it's bitterly cold at the moment, and the blue sky in this picture makes it look warmer than it was. We saw this large herd of fallow deer (about 55-60 of them) and the white blob in the picture is a large stag, pure white and majestic.
I'm not going to name exactly where we saw him as there are people out there who trophy hunt these fabulous creatures,especially a white one.... hopefully no-one like that would read my blog but you never know.
After a while they all sat down, seemingly unperturbed by two humans and a dog!
At the moment I am doing some voluntary work at my local museum, we are researching the main street in our town in tandem with the BBC's Turn Back Time on the High Street. The street has been broken up into chunks, and this is my bit!
It goes back to at least the 1600's and the shop "Lush" was once a pub called the Bell and Crown. I have four shops to research and it is fun to find out about the people who used to live in the buildings and what they did, how big their families were and how long they were there.
I have to take pictures from all sides to see what is still there, and round the back I saw this great painting on a gate of a dog ! What a great way to warn people off without a "Beware of the dog" sign.



Saturday, 22 January 2011

A new bit of trailway has opened

In the winter months there is no better place to walk than an old trainline which has been made into a trailway. They are usually raised up (so not wet underfoot) and sometimes gravel tracked. We have walked lots of bits of the old Somerset and Dorset line (S & D ) otherwise known as the Slow & Dirty! The line ran between Bath and Bournemouth from 1875 to 1966. This stretch has been opened between Stourpaine and near Shillingstone
which means you can now walk, cycle or run (if you are completely mad) from Sturminster Newton to Stourpaine.

Wrecks seemed to approve and we walked about 2 miles along the path.
The sign on this gate says "PENALTY FOR NOT SHUTTING GATE £2" That must have been written a long time ago....£2 is nothing now, it would probably say £200!
Signs of spring are just peeping through, I saw catkins like little decorations hanging on a tree and clumps of snowdrops along the lane in the village of Stourpaine. No lambs out in the fields yet, it's still too cold.



Monday, 10 January 2011

What a lovely sunny weekend we have had. I had been on nightshift but managed 2 hours sleep before getting up and going off to the pub with this view! One of our sons pre paid for us to have a meal
at the pub as a Christmas present. It was a really nice meal and a great idea for a clutter free gift!....or maybe it adds clutter around the waistline! This place has the most amazing view over Corfe Castle and we do go there quite often! What is nicer than a meal in January sat by a roaring fire and enjoying this view. Watching sparrows in the bushes and Buzzards flying around looking for some dinner themselves.
A walk through the woods near Wareham yesterday, a clear sky and the moon out too, you can just see it in this picture.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

New Birding year begins

I know the snow has gone now from our area but couldn't resist a couple of pictures of the lovely white world.
Snow is so pretty whether it be far off or close up. I was on night shift and had to walk home about 2 miles but had the camera in my bag so enjoyed the walk. One of the interesting things to see was how many fox tracks there were criss crossing the roads and paths.

Snowy dog! Not beautiful but fun!
Excitingly a new bird list starts today with the new year and I have seen some Waxwings as we were in Swanage today.....so thats a good tick for Jan 1st!
So far today;
Robin, Blackbird,Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Green Woodpecker, Waxwings, Crows, Rooks, Buzzard, Common gull, Great Black backed gull, Black headed Gull, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Curlew, Kestrel, Great Crested Grebes, Pheasant, Goosander, Teal, Wigeon, Mute Swan, Shelduck and Brent Goose.