I woke this morning to thick fog.... ah well.. the forecast promised better later.
After breakfast and a long chat with Jim ... I headed off for Sherborne Castle.
This mist was still there when I arrived but it was getting better.
A general wander near the Castle to start with..
These Mallards are obviously used to being bed.. these were just a few of those who literally ran to me as I walked towards them..
and a solitary male Mandarin Duck.. I was advised that there is a female around..
Views over the lake.. there were at least 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes about and one pair displaying.. but too far out for my camera..
I went into the Castle.. no pictures permitted.. the rooms were lovely and definitely worth visiting
It was brighter by the time I came out of the Castle...so a wander around the lake.
There is a female Mallard underneath this group of competing males... poor female!!
Two male Mallards having a fight!!
"OK then, where's MY picnic" ??..
a Scone and a cuppa...
and a final view of the Castle before I headed off
and from there, a short drive away is the town of Sherborne and its Abbey
When I came out the sun was shining and it was beautifully warm.. so I had a wonder through the town..
A very pleasant last day.. tomorrow homeward bound.. the forecast ... RAIN!!
Down by the river
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