More Garden Wildlife

All taken in the past week.

The squirrel was determined it was going to get something to eat.

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Black squirrel

After failing with the peanuts it decided to go for the seeds (and there it sat until they had mostly gone!)

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Black Squirrel

This is in my front garden.

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Muntjac deer

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Muntjac deer

This was the first time I’d seen a sparrowhawk in the garden.

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Sparrowhawk

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Assorted birds

I went to Norfolk last week to visit my mum. She lives on the coast a short drive from Cley and Salthouse marshes.

I managed to get a couple of distant shots of the marsh harriers at Cley.

Birds in Norfolk

Marsh harrier on Cley Marshes, Norfolk

Off-shore wind farm in the distance…

Birds in Norfolk

Cley Marshes, Norfolk. There is a female marsh harrier in a tree – centre of the shot.

Then we had a hail storm.

Birds in Norfolk

Gulls in hail, Salthouse Marshes, Norfolk

I’d never got close to rooks before. They are really characterful birds.

Birds in Norfolk

Rooks

Birds in Norfolk

This black-headed gull is unusually black headed for the time of year.

Birds in Norfolk

Black-headed gull

Birds in Norfolk

Rook

Birds in Norfolk

Black-headed gull

Birds in Norfolk

Gull and starlings

Robins

Yesterday I went for a walk at Priory Country Park in Bedford. One of my favourite places at the moment. You can always guarantee seeing something whether it’s swans, grebes or ducks, or butterflies, dragonflies, squirrels, rabbits … or robins. I’ve never seen so many robins in so short a time. Here’s a few that I managed to get a picture of. A couple are ringed.

Robin one
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Robin (bird Photos)

Robin (bird Photos)

Robin two
Robin (bird Photos)

Robin (bird Photos)

Robin (bird Photos)

Robin three
Robin (bird Photos)

Robin four
Robin (bird Photos)

Christmas lights

My photo-a-day theme for Christmas week was lights.

Christmas tree light on our windowsill
Christmas lights photo

Crescent moon and neighbour’s lights
Christmas lights photo

Christmas lights and (brief) snowfall
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Made by swinging a small string of lights
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Outdoor lights out of focus
Christmas lights photo

Lights reflected in my spoon during Christmas dinner
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Battery operated lights displayed in a wineglass
Christmas lights photo

2014: a year in photos

Photographs from 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Wishing everyone who looks at my blogs and very happy and healthy New Year. And thank you for stopping by.

It’s been a funny old year. Some lovely moments and some not so lovely, and on balance I’m glad to wave it bye, bye. So here’s to 2015 – onwards and upwards!

January
A very wet Priory Country Park in Bedford.

Photographs from 2014

Flooded Priory Park

February
A family ‘in joke’ It comes from the 1990’s TV Show Fist of Fun.

Photographs from 2014

The moon on a stick

March
Another visit to Bedford. There is a huge swan population in the Bedford area, but I had never seen a black swan among them before.

Photographs from 2014

Swans

April
My husband was on tour in the Netherlands with the Bootleg Sixties. The band’s families caught up with them at Easter in Leiden.

Photographs from 2014

Leiden, The Netherlands

May
We went to a family wedding in May in gorgeous Gosfield Hall in Essex. Thanks for inviting us, Leigh and Stefan!

Photographs from 2014

Cosmopolitan

June
I went on a butterfly watching trip to La Brenne in France. I met some great people and saw loads of butterflies including the increasingly rare Large Blue. This one is an Ilex Hairstreak, and not found in the UK.

Photographs from 2014

Ilex Hairstreak, La Brenne, France

July
A summer view from the edge of town.

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View from the end of my road (nearly)

August
Four days in Cornwall thanks to our lovely friend, Eric.

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Punches Cross Fowey Harbour, Cornwall

September
The second family wedding of the year at beautiful Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire. Thanks for inviting us, Lauren and Jamie!

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Chandelier in Brocket Hall ballroom

October
A mystery moth on the side of a UPS van.

Photographs from 2014

Moth in October

November
The Bootleg Sixties did a mini tour in the UK this month.

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Bootleg Sixties show in Rotherham

December
One of my Christmas presents.

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Lego Research Institute

Some birds

Taken in and around Priory Country Park, Bedford, December 23rd 2014.

swan

It’s actually hissing at a dog, but it looks like it’s laughing

Fieldfare

Fieldfare. Small flock near Old Warden

Canada geese

Canada geese

Heron

Heron in reeds

robin (bird)

Robin

Kestrel

Kestrel. Taken from the car.

A little imagination

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Meet Space Cat and Space Dog! I read a piece about Lego becoming too prescriptive recently, so I was heartened and impressed to spend several hours on Sunday playing with my four-year-old nephew and his Lego friends — built by him from bits and bobs in his toy box.

Space Cat is the one at the back with the red tail, and he was my nephew’s character. I was given Space Dog (at the front) as my character. We battled fiery space blocks and watery space blocks, bad space dogs (complete with laser weapon), transformers and scary chocolates (oh, yes, it’s amazing how scary chocolates can be) in a game entirely led by my nephew i.e. being told what to say and what to do!

More Spirograph fun

Last week I posted about the vintage Spirograph set I found for 99p. I’ve been making some more images by scanning in patterns and manipulating them in Photoshop and Perfect Effects.

This is my start image for this one:

Made with Spirograph

Green star

Made with Spirograph

Starfish

Made with Spirograph

Swirls

Made with Spirograph

Distressed

Made with Spirograph

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Spirograph fun

Last weekend I found a 1980s Spirograph set in a charity shop for 99p. It was complete apart from the pens — but they would have dried up by now anyway. So I bought some fine liners and some gel pens. The gel pens are no good for actually making the patterns, but are great for colouring in.

Then I made some of the patterns into brushes with the new
Adobe Brush app and made these images in Adobe Sketch.

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