Well I don't know what's up but I suspect I've got a bug of some sort and not the wildlife kind. Sore throat, loss of voice (although that's now returned: oh dear I hear someone comment) and generally no energy whatsoever so everything's an effort. Hopefully this will go soon, as there's plenty that needs doing!!
I had a wander around Painshill last week and there wasn't much wildlife about but it was a beautiful day so I used the landscape lens for a change.
Beautiful pink berries!
and various views from around the lake
The Vineyard is beginning to show the fruits of its labours. Occasional gunfire (recorded) can be heard. This is Painshill's bird scarer. Last year they lost their crop to Ring-necked Parakeets and the weather. This year they're not taking any chances. However, to supplement their wine stock in the shop, they're selling Denbies wine - which I thought was a great idea!
Towards the exit is the wonderful tree - it's enormous
But it's a magical tree that keeps its eye on us
And the Beast of the Tree is always standing guard.
Today I couldn't stay in all day despite lack of energy so went for a walk around Bushy Park. Not much about but the new conkers are now providing food for the Squirrels
The rutting season will be starting very soon but at the moment the Red Deer Stags are still in their all male groups. This rather fine specimen was resting - no doubt conserving his energies for what's ahead!
Black-headed gulls were obvious in their increasing numbers..
as were the Canada Geese - a sure sign that Autumn's approaching.
And today, some enthusiasts were sporting their boats in the Boating Pond.
(This one's worth enlarging to see the driver - the owner of this one is someone with a sense of humour methinks )
And so home and today - it was cold!!
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