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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Sunday, 21 December 2014

The shortest day and a pleasant stroll at Audley End.

So where to for a wander?  It was a bit drizzly as we set off and agreed Audley was the place to go.

As we drove in to the car park, a Little Egret flew off... nice to see it though..

Nothing really needs any explanation... particularly to regular visitors to my blog..

Looks like chickens are expected... this new addition is, I'm pretty sure, a chicken house..

and if you think you've got problems wrapping up the Christmas presents... how about wrapping up the rear of Audley End House?....

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Dunwich Heath, Flatford Mill and Scones....

Up and out at crack of dawn and off to Dunwich Heath looking for Dartford Warblers and scones

This robin in the car park was so tame that we were within 6 inches of it and it was quite happy to sit there watching us..

As we walked we heard, then saw, two Dartford Warblers flash past us... wonderful....  It was still before 8.30 a.m. so no pics.. light not good enough and they were far too fast.  Also Marsh Harrier, and later, Coal Tits and Goldcrests.

Four Red Deer watched us as we watched them.

A female stonechat posed in the distance..

Bitingly cold wind and eventually back to the car for a read while we waiting for the Tea Rooms to open.

 And very well worth the wait it was.  Rob, Sconemaster Extraordinaire, had already cooked 2 scones so we shared...

Salmon & Dill

 Butternut Squash & Bacon..

Coming out of the oven in 5 minutes was Stilton & Cranbury - so we shared one of these as well

All three were delicious but the Butternut Squash, and the Stilton tied for first place

The day was young, so onto Flatford Mill for a walk

and of course, we couldn't resist a Mince Pie Scone and a cuppa... again an excellent scone!

A visit to the local church, St Marys at Bergholt..

A rather nice day out..... and yum yum to the scones and I finally got to have a Mince Pie Scone
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