Snow at last.

Snow on this Beech Hedge and down the Lanes behind our village of New Longton. As someone who enjoys taking outdoor photos the pro...

Monday, 31 August 2009

The ones who got away

A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on a Sedum at Myerscough plant centre yesterday and also there, was a Red Admiral. I have seen a few of these in our garden but much more common to see has been the Peacock butterfly this year. The Tortoiseshell is found in almost all seasons of the year and hibernates in caves , lofts and outbuildings. it can be seen out on the wing from march onwards even in big city parks.

The spider was just about to catch a Bee that had got caught in it's web but maybe I dislodged it as I was about to take the picture , as he luckily flew off and the Spider had to do without lunch. The spiders webs can be easily seen now that dewy mornings are more common, in fact you have to be careful not to walk into one as you venture out in the garden!
I bought some bulbs to plant up a container as you always have a better display if you use fresh stock each year .
On the way back home on the boat it began to rain and by the time we were about to moor up it was lashing down. Just as we got ready to come alongside our mooring , I saw a kingfisher and a swallow sitting together under cover at the side of a swing bridge , clearly they to thought it was just too wet to be out in. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a picture quick enough as he was spooked by our appearance and flew off but the Swallow can be seen if you look carefully on the shot I did get!

Monday, 24 August 2009

Autumn is coming early

It may still feel like summer down in the South of England but this week I can feel a change to a touch of early Autumn. This morning we had a really heavy dew and the flowers are all going over now quickly. The bees still come to seek out nectar when we have a bit of sun and the last butterflies go to the apples fallen on the grass but it no longer feels like Summer to me.

Last week I cycled down to Longton Brickcroft nature reserve and took the swan pictures .I shared a little bit of my lunch with the swan family but they are well looked after by local people who go there walking their dogs ,or just for a lovely stroll.

At the weekend we went out for a day on the boat up to Garstang , which is where I took the butterfly photo, down on the nettles by the river. There were fewer swallows out on the wing but we did spot a couple of large brown dragonflies while the sun was out.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Another day, Another Place!

We headed to the coast today following the sun but first we followed a trail from a book we picked up a week or two ago, that led us to a farm shop and restaurant nr Burscough where we had a delicious lunch. As we drove up and got out of the car, we were greeted by a cheeky and very friendly Collie who dropped his ball at our feet in the hope we were the kind of People he liked[we were] and that we would take the hint to throw it!
Then a little family of chickens made an appearance .

On the way we came across a stall selling Great big beautiful Sunflowers which I couldn't help but stop and take a photo of. They are grown on the farm there.

Then we were off to our real destination 'Another Place' ,Anthony Gormleys Statues on Blundellsands beach nr Liverpool. It was perfect weather and we had a lovely walk along the sands taking pictures and breathing in fresh air which was what we both needed after a rather horrible week. There are some great places on our doorstep, you just have to go out there and explore a bit!

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