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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ingatestone Hall... an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.


Last Sunday, sadly the last day of the hols, the weather still very heavy and humid so energy levels dictated somewhere to walk but not for too long. So Pete thought of a visit to Ingatestone Hall - and lovely it was too.  It was my first visit.

No pictures allowed in the house - but sometimes it's nice just to look...











A maze around the bottom of the tree..















A posing peacock








a very pleasant afternoon then home as black clouds gathered.. thunderstorm followed not long after we were in..... hey ho

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Hatfield Forest... a bit murky..

We travelled back up to Essex from Sussex and eventually headed off for a stroll around the Forest.  The weather wasn't good and promises of more thunder storms curtailed activities somewhat. Thunder storm during Friday nigh was very noisy and sleep was eluded!!

It was grey and murky so after some essential food shopping we headed off for the forest.

Mostly quiet out on the lake with the usual culprits.


Great to see the 2 adult Great Crested Grebes with 3 young still :)





Saw just the one adult Tern although one of the NT staff thought there were 2 young!!  Good to see a Kingfisher and 2 Marsh Tits..

A short post today.... probably met with some relief by my readers :D

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Woolbeding... a return visit..

We got back from Munich very late at  night and didn't want to brave the M25 on a Friday. It was dry when we got back but overnight.... major thunder storm.  Pete had seen lightening when we were flying back but, very very kindly, didn't draw my attention to it... thank Pete :D ..

 So stayed local and went off to spend tine at Woolbeding Gardens.  They're only open two days a week and you have to book in advance; also have to take the mini-bus from a nearby town ... along country lanes to the gardens - which are lovely and so peaceful.























































































So got the bus back into the town and headed off home.  Temperatures soared and very hot and muggy.. a day not to be doing much. :)
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