Happy Birthday Mum
This amazing cake (and decoration) was made by a lady who lives in the same Sussex village as Mum. The floral decoration is made entirely from sugar - with the exception of the tallest "twig" - and the sponge cake was yummy!
The weather was amazing and the sun so warm that it allowed us to drink a toast and congratulate her out in the garden!!
Mum enjoyed her weekend which was full of surprises; the main one being the arrival, from Australia, of a family member whom she hadn't seen for about 37 years! My brother and I did give her a day's warning before we arrived on her doorstep - a 90-year-old going on 9 years I reckon, so great was the excitement!!
Today I came home and needed to stretch my legs. So off I trotted for a quick saunter around Bushey Park.
And I was well rewarded. I was reminded that on 1 March last year, Pete and I came across some Egyptian Goslings which were the first I'd seen in 2008. And today, 22 February I saw the first young birds for 2009
Egyptian Geese Goslings - just two of them - in the Woodland Gardens
Mrs. Mallard was having a late afternoon preen
as was Mr. Mallard
Whilst I was wondering whether the Ring-necked Parakeets were eyeing this tree trunk hole as a potential nesting site, a Grey Squirrel appeared; I think the Paras will have to look elsewhere for a potential home!
And in the Woodland Gardens, this poser presented himself for pictures
This Red Deer Hind was having a very tasty snack - she shouldn't have been there as this is a fenced off area so how she got in......
Out in the main park again, this Fallow Deer Buck advanced towards me as I was taking his picture. As I wasn't quite sure whether this was a grimace or grin, I decided it was time to go!
But one of the other Bucks in the group looked much friendlier; if not definitely posing for the awwww factor!
On the way back to the car, a Kestrel (record shot only!!) was chased by a Black-headed Gull!