Met a friend and we walked at Polesden...
We got there as the site opened and, on windless day, it was very tranquil..
We walked along the long walk... firstly saw a stoat or weasel (too far away to tell) which had caught young rabbit. The adult rabbit briefly appeared as the stoat/weasel disappeared into the hedge with its prey... immediately this happened a kestrel appeared.
I didn't have the 'right' camera/lens for bird shots so pleased to get this record shot.. the kestrel stayed for a few minutes.
choosing to perch on the placard showing one of the photograph entries for Polesden Lacey 'Lazy Summer' photographic competition..
We stopped for lunch - mine a fruit scone... which didn't have Ponders in it :(
and walking through the Rose Garden.. I espied up on the roof of the Water Tower - a Wheatear!!
(only a record shot - and that's stretching it a bit.. wrong camera/lens for shots like this)
The Rose Garden was still in full bloom looking more like June than mid-September!!
The newly thatched bridge house..
and borders of wild flowers - Cosmos!
In the vegetable garden... pumpkins growing
Mr. Ponders - posed!!
and 45 minutes later we walked back through the Rose Garden.. the Wheatear was still there on top of the Water Tower!
A lovely morning walking - really hot!! May be the last 'summer' day this year.....