My blog is mostly about wildlife, particularly birds, walking, days out, all growing things and anything else that comes to mind.
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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

By the seaside at Eastbourne

Met a very good friend today and we had a long walk along the coast at Eastbourne.  I didn't take many pictures - we were chatting!!

The pier .. a long shot.. has just been 'refurbished' .. I will be revisiting to explore more








Lovely day out.. and weather was really good!

Winkworth Arboretum 22-05-2018

Yesterday (Tuesday) I met a very good friend and we had a wander at Winkworth Arboretum




The National Trust there have created a new play area for children.. it's all constructed, in the main, from natural products.. and looks great fun




Late Magnolia







The Rhododendrons and Azaleas were really coming to the end of their flowering period..



















There was a pair of nesting Little Grebes out on the lake plus Tufted Ducks, Mallards and Coots and a single Cormorant.

But most entertaing was a family of 10 Mandarin little ones being looked after by Mum



the young ones were leaping out of the water catching their meal!!


A few Demoisells about.. saw a few males and this singular female. 




and finally a fruity scone in the newly refurbished tea room.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Monopoli ... my last day in Italy... for this holiday ..

A wander around the hotel grounds to start the day...


Several Painted Ladies today...



nd then off for the last day out of the hols.. to Monopoli.. a coastal town of the Adriatic sea.the weather was glorious





The Castle.. on a small peninsula called Turris Paola, in the old town, is the castle.. on three sides it is surrounded by the sea, and the fourth used to be a moat









A coffee with a view..just lovely... this was Caffe "Leccese" (coffee & almond milk) .. the espresso is hot and poured over the ice and cold almond milk... I rather liked it..















and then a visit to the Basilica of the Madonna of Madia


There was a wedding taking place so I was limited in the pictures I could take of the beautiful interior
















Bicycle hire!!







I stopped here for lunch.. a lovely fish restaurant...

and a further walk around the town







Back through the colourful harbour..



We stopped here for an ice cream







and then time to say goodbye to Monopoli

On the journey back to the hotel, we stopped to look down over the general area of Fasano


Below is the zoo.... which is the largest in Italy where the animals have large enclosures





A great day out to end an enjoyable holiday

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