No, No, November!

I am rather late with my end of the month blog as we have been without Wi fi for several days! In our family November begins with a very special occasion, Daniel was five on the first of the month!

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November has been a lovely month; still full of beautiful colours.

It has however been a very quiet month as far as our numbers have been and it is sad to say we have only added two birds and one mammal!  Don’t think we haven’t had a good time though, we have. Our impromptu trip to Wensleydale was a real treat which included a trip to the Thorp Perrow Arboretum where the pictures above were taken.

The weather has been mixed but I think it has given us more sunshine than showers and of course now and then they come together to provide us with a lovely rainbow.

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Back home and there were lots of reports coming about Waxwings arriving, we eventually caught up with some in Holt. Beautiful birds and I would have been very disappointed not to get them this year.

We took a day out from wild creatures to visit some captive ones. A smashing day out with Peter, Lynn and the children, seeing the young Red panda was a highlight!

It was at the zoo that we got a new mammal, keen eyed Lynn spotted it first, a field vole and it was certainly not captive!

We added Bean goose at Titchwell having been out many times for them earlier in the year. Another day I went out with Peter and our cameras and were rewarded with some Bramblings and a last minute treecreeper.

So we have arrived at our last month and I confess we have begun December by being rather lacks as we have been in Norwich for a few days without the pager!!! Still let’s wait and see how we do over the next few weeks. I am going to save lists until the end of the year now and then we will see whose guess was closest.

 

Colours of Autumn

The main autumn colour of our second day in Askrigg was definitely grey! We awoke to grey skies and it didn’t change much all day but that didnt prevent us enjoying the day. Ian and I went for a walk firstly across the fields pausing to admire the odd sheep or chicken!

I must say I was not too impressed by the size of the tiny gaps in the wall we had to struggle through, I decided against one as I had an awful feeling I might get stuck and like Winnie the Pooh have to stay there until I had slimmed down!!!

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We had a good look along the river hoping for a Wagtail but not a bird in sight! We strolled around the village popping into St Oswald’s church for a look around. The pub it very near where we are staying and we are off their again soon for a meal, mmm getting hungry thinking about it now!

The forecast didn’t look a great deal better for today, cloud, showers and maybe the odd bright spell but they were wrong! At about 8 am we had a brief shower which produced this lovely rainbow over the little garden which is the view from our bedroom window.

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By the time we were heading out for the day the rain was forgotten and the sky was looking positively blue. We were off to visit Thorp Perrow Arboretum so were delighted that the weather was very kind to us. So yesterdays autumn colour was grey but not so todays. Gold and red, orange and browns, green and purples were all to be seen today.

Here are a few more from our walk today.

Every part we walked through had its own beauty, some dramatic, some more subtle. The odd flower was still blooming including this little dog rose.

Even the pond had beautiful colours reflected on it. This Little grebe and Mute swans swam in and out of gold, then red, then green water as it caught the reflections.

These past few days haven’t added to our year’s list but they have certainly added to our enjoyment. We are loving spending these few days in the company of Janice and Chris.

Alice had expressed a wish that we might see a Robin at the arboretum and I promised to try to get a photo for her, well we saw three, so these are for you Alice.

I was rather taken with these hydrangeas, I have always liked them as they hold happy childhood memories for me but the colours of these were striking.

At the arboretum there is a bird of prey centre which we had a quick walk around and yes…there was a Little owl there! Will I ever see one in the wild again? he, he, he I expect so! Not sure this sign was needed but it made me smile and just a last couple of trees before moving on (after lunch of course).

We began our journey back to Askrigg but made some detours on the way. We stopped at Aysgarth falls and I was jolly pleased we did.

We continued the drive taking some minor roads along the way, stopping off to admire the fields, divided into small plots by the dry stone walls. The sky was beginning to look rather moody but we had been blessed by brightness all day so we weren’t about to complain if it changed as darkness came.

Back at our apartments with time to relax before going out for a meal.

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So it’s back home tomorrow and hopefully my new pager will arrive. It hasn’t worked since Wednesday so goodness know what birds we have missed! It has been lovely to visit another part of Yorshire, we have seen more of this county this year than in the rest of our married life!