Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Photos Scavenger Hunt

This is one project I really enjoy doing, I don't need much encouragement to get out there with my camera.
 The list of word helps to look for things I might not have photographed.
Have a look over at Greenthumb and see what other people have snapped.  

Thanks to Greenthumb of Made with Love for organising the hunt.


This is Betty and Boo, two Owls with big circle eyes. Smuggled back in the boot from our trip to Northumberland.


Birthday,wedding anniversary and mother's day cards all in one weekend 


Took this photo last year before they pulled the Paper Mill down were we use to live.


Art along the wall at the Chevin, Nr Otley West Yorkshire 


Settle North Yorkshire

a favourite word


River  Wharfe


Bathroom window


Toy car


My favourite Ikea  sandwich plate

                                                           some thing you made

I was going to show you another crochet blanket I had made, but when I was getting the case out of the attic I found this. It's the start of a wasps nest, made by the queen,
probably from last year some time. Very clever to make some thing so beautiful.  

Whatever you want

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
This is the first flower I look for to know spring is on it's way.                  

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Four for Sunday in four places....

Yeadon Banks

I can't go for long before I need to get out with my camera, the weather has been pant's with high winds and rain. 
My bird of the week was to spot the returning Wheatear, 
The wheatear is a small mainly ground-dwelling bird. It hops or runs on the ground. It is blue-grey above with black wings and white below with an orange flush to the breast. (LINK)

There were only horses braving the wind in the field, did manage to scare a flock of Redwing off.

Nunroyd Park

The Grey Wagtail

The grey wagtail is more colourful than its name suggests with slate grey upper parts and distinctive lemon yellow under-tail. Its tail is noticeably longer than those of pied and yellow wagtails. They have gradually increased their range in the past 150 years and in the UK have expanded into the English lowlands from the northern and western uplands. They are badly affected by harsh winters, and because of recent moderate declines it is an Amber List species. (LINK)

This is a beautiful bird and should be called the Yellow Wagtail, I have seen a pair on the little stream that runs through the park many times but have been unable to get a photo. I was in luck to day as it was feeding on the muddy path away from the stream.

Rombald's Moor

I love this place it's high up and open, which means the wind is always windy...!

It is very lovely here in the summer when the Heather is in full colour,
A place for Grouse to hide.

Finding it hard to even stand up I made my way back to the car, found a little path that led so some sheep grazing in one of the fields.

I love sheep they are so cute...

I might have taken a few photos !
but they are so cute !

What's that I here you say "more sheep !"

Home -Garden

At home I had a nice surprise, a Sparrow Hawk landed on the garden  fence.

,Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey. They're adapted for hunting birds in confined spaces like dense woodland, so gardens are ideal hunting grounds for them. Adult male sparrowhawks have bluish-grey back and wings and orangey-brown bars on their chest and belly. Females and young birds have brown back and wings, and brown bars underneath. Sparrowhawks have bright yellow or orangey eyes, long, yellow legs and long talons. Females are larger than males, as with most birds of prey. (LINK)

bringing my bird count up to 61 for the year so far..

Happy Hunting

Amanda XXX

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Seahouses..part two.

Last post of our trip to Northumberland 

NORTHSUNDERLAND / SEAHOUSES to give the village its full title, is remembered so well as a fishing village. Alas, very little is left of that illustrious heritage of the 1800's and the village now thrives under a new veil uniquely known as "TOURISM". Initially the harbour was used for the shipment of considerable quantities of corn. Indeed during the summer of 1846 over 1000 tons of corn was shipped out. During the 1770's the quarrying of limestone and subsequent burning in the still evident lime kilns was an important industry. The quicklime was cargoed to Scotland mainly for fertiliser. The closing of the draw kilns in 1860 coincided with the upsurge of the fishing with which Seahouses is perhaps best known - Herring was king! This atmospheric period of Seahouses life brought all the wonderful innovations associated with its development. An enlarged harbour a huge visiting herring fleet, 10 herring yards, a railway to carry the herring, Woodgers kippers, even the two world wars didn't spoil the 'local' feel of Seahouses. The demise of the herring and other fishings altered the old world 'feel' of the village, but the ever resourceful inhabitants have adapted the situation to cater for the holiday maker and day tripper alike. Sea trips to the Farne Islands still provide the visitor a chance to imagine Seahouses and its historic past.

Just before the harbour the rocks have a small colony of sea birds nesting.

Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

   Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

Carr End, Seahouses
Stone building used for storing gunpowder in the late 19th century.

The Eider ducks were about in good numbers, this is the bird that first started me down the road of bird watching when I saw them for the first time here on holiday in 2009.

They have the most wonderful call, you can listen to them here on the RSPB web page.

They even came out of the water , hoping to be fed.

Another bird in the harbour, new to me were
 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Small flocks of Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) were feeding on the water edge.

Seahouses’ fishing past lives on at Swallow Fish, who operate the UK’s oldest operating smokehouses.

Singing in the sun was a Starling.

From Seahouses you could walk along the beach to Bamburgh Castle.

In the town of Seahouses there is this one shop you must visit, when the boy's were younger we went in this shop a lot, it's full of the most wonderful tat...!
I was so happy it was still open and running.

That's it folk's....

Hope you liked the photos from Northumberland.