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, 19 February 2017

West Dean Gardens.. Snowdrops and the water is back.

I had a walk at West Dean Gardens today.. the birdsong was amazing.. lots of Robins, Blackbirds and Goldcrests..

One of the hundreds of sheep out in the field

and two visiting Herdy's Sage (blue) and Parsley (grey)

Snowdrops, Winter Aconites and Crocuses everywhere.. they seem to be at their best now..


















the stream that runs through the garden is fed by the Winterbourne.  The water levels until now have been too low to produce a flow of water through the gardens.. I'm delighted that, in part, there is water back now

and so are the Mallards!!

















and it's "Goodbye from me"

West Dean is one of my fave places for a wander.. and I must go up through the sheep fields to discover what's at the top of the hill

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Chartwell NT - Home of Churchill - in the morning mist

Couldn't decide where to go today... it was misty when I woke but forecast was for it clearing.  I headed off to Chartwell.. home of Winston Churchill.. I really like it there.. there's a sense of calm, beauty and order..

As I walked through the outside area of the cafe on the way tot the entrance.. lovely to see a Grey Wagtail looking for crumbs under the cafe tables!!


This is a member of staff.. he is a rescue dog from Spain.. and quite elderly.. I didn't catch his name though.. so any National Trust member of Chartwell who can advise..??



Mr Ponders was out with Henrietta today. .. she got bored hibernating!!





Oooh I have friends who live near there...  Mr. Quacks and his family..



some large fish




















The scent of spring flowering shrubs... Daphne in particular..




















and a great scone for lunch!!!

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