Barking mad!

This morning we had hoped to be busy sorting moths from the trap but in fact we only had three Lunar underwings and one Garden carpet plus two micros both light brown Apple moths. So needless to say that didn’t exactly fill our morning!

I took a stroll into town to see what I could find, not a lot but then I didn’t need anything really!

This afternoon was a much better affair as we decided to take Sprocket for a walk at The Lodge. Yesterday we had been there pursuing birds and bugs but today we had to stick to the road through and the bridle path as clearly marked.

There is a definite hint of Autumn and a carpet of leaves added to a very pleasant walk. We only met a few people, some cyclist, some runners and one family walking their two miniature schnauzers!  Both sweet dogs, one only four and a half months old, but neither a patch on Sprocket.

Time for a quick game of ‘who’s the King of the castle’!

If we had walked with our eyes closed we would hardly have seen less birds or insects! One moth flew by but quickly out of sight apart from that we did see a small tit flock high in some trees.img_0300

It was whilst looking for birds that one of us went barking mad! Was it Sprocket? No I must confess I am the guilty one! My barking was quieter than if it had been Sprocket, I was just so taken with the variety that trees have to offer.

 

Down the bridle path we went through gates and over a rather old bridge when we found ourselves in a lovely open field, free from animals and other people and away from the reserve so Sprocket could have a free run.img_0278-sprocket

He was so good, returning each time he was called and never straying too far. Time to go back on his lead before starting our homeward journey.

This squirrel made an appearance when we were nearly back to the car. Sprocket didn’t take all that much notice until it ran off and then his interest was really sparked!

I couldn’t be sure what the squirrel had in his mouth but it may have been one of the many acorns growing near by.img_0350-acorn

When we got home it was time to start thinking about food, we made our choice from the hearty supply that had been left in the fridge and freezer! Whilst ours was cooking tea for bunnies, cats and dog was prepared and we are now all settled down for a lazy evening.

I am looking forward to hearing how the run goes tomorrow and to seeing photos!

And so to Bed…fordshire!

From Gloucestershire we moved on to Bedfordshire for a weekend with our daughter, son-in-law and gorgeous dog Sprocket (plus cats and rabbits too). We met up at Danish Camp for lunch, if you are ever in the area give it a try! After a bite to eat we went for a walk intending to do a circular walk by the river but due to some flooding we did much the same walk but in separate stages. We had to laugh at the notice ‘Beware deep’ but deep what we know not as it was under water!

We saw a field full of Barnacle geese and of course the ever present Robin. Sprocket entertained us by some athletic log jumping! Later that day Roo and I found a little time to do some shopping.

The next day we all went to the Millennium country park at Marston Moretaine where we separated so some could go for a walk around a lake looking at birds, the others went for a run, now I wonder if you can guess which group I was part of! When we arrived it was grey and very misty, by the time we left the sun was shining. Plenty of ducks and other wildfowl and a good place for Cormorants. We saw three Oystercatchers fly in and land on an island, we later saw them running round in circles round and round the island. they looked so funny, like children playing, in fact I wondered if they were called Alice, Matilda and Daniel!

In the afternoon we visited a very special friend, Richard, in hospital, we had had an email a couple of days previously to say he was in hospital and it was excellent to be able to see him. Whatever his illness throws at him he deals with in an excellent, positive manner, I know a strong Christian faith and incredibly supportive family contribute to that. We also met up with three old friends there, not the best place to meet but lovely to see them. Thank you Roo for making it possible.

Back to pursuing wings I hear you cry!

Monday morning and whilst Ian and I are people of leisure for the year others have to go to work so it was time to say goodbye to family and head home but not before visiting The Lodge RSPB reserve. Like yesterday it began very dull and grey but brightened up beautifully. We had hoped to see the illusive Lesser spotted woodpecker but didn’t, we did however see the Greater spotted one for only the second time this year and a much better sighting.

On our way round to the hide we saw large flocks of winter thrushes both Redwing and Fieldfare. The usual little birds were around the feeders outside the hide as well as some other visitors.

We had enjoyed our walk at The Lodge whether looking forward or up the view was grand!

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We had a good time in Bedfordshire now we have journeyed home to see what Norfolk will offer us next, my goodness this is a good year!