Saturday, 24 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
At the end of the day we made our way to our accommodation at Flatford Mill, a field studies centre owned by the National Trust. This is where John Constable did alot of his most famous paintings. We were extremely lucky to be able to stay in an old Tudor Hall, built around 650 years ago. The place was simply stunning as you can see from the following photos.
The next day it was supposed to be raining all day, but again we were lucky in that it didn't rain at all. We were able to visit several more sites which all looked very promising for birding in a months time. Thanks Jane for inviting me to join you on this wonderful trip!
Saturday, 3 May 2008
The work part centered mainly on planting up Mum's vegetable patch. She has a good mix of fruit and vegetables each year. This year we have Early and Main crop Potatoes, Peas, Broad Beans, Runner Beans, Carrots, Turnips, Leeks, Red Onions, Shallots and Red Cabbage. She already has Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries planted from previous years.
The play part of my couple of days up there was being able to go out early Saturday morning to do a Birdtrack survey in the country lanes around my Mum's home. There were lots of Skylarks and Yellowhammers and also 8 Hares in the arable fields which are always great to observe.
Part of my survey walk took me through the local Bluebell wood. They are just coming into bloom and should look spectacular in the next week or two.