So... this is what happened in February.


First of all a big thank you for the lovely comments you leave on my blog, and sorry I don't get to comment on yours as much as I would like. The day's I'm not at work are filled up at the moment and there is not much time to be sat  in front of a computer.
March is going to be full of events too....

February has all been about work and events.

We have a pair of feral pigeons a first really for the garden, they are in good condition. It looks like they have been gathering nesting material. Flying under next doors solar panels!

Camera club has been wonderful , all very nice people. This photo has been entered as well as a few more in to the print competition.  

alpaca at Otley

DENSO NATURE RESERVE

I have been asked to be a committee member at Denso, so had my first meeting this month.
Over the past three years Denso has been hit badly with the floods (next to a river) in West Yorkshire, especially last year the whole reserve was under 10 foot of water ! so again last year was all about mending the damage. 
Nature on the reserve has bounced back well and this year , recording and events are in full swing.

A day spent looking at winter tree ID. 



My first Celandine of the year.





Last thing one of the ladies spotted this snail sleeping in a Birch leaf, I noted the white line on the shell, me being the "Snail Lady" for Denso, had to find out which one this was.
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The following Saturday they were bird ringing on the reserve,I have never seen this before. It was to windy for the big nets so they put two small ones up near the bird feeders and one on the ground.
I was very impressed how the bird ringer looked after the birds we caught, the birds safety and well-being came first over photographs etc.  

 
While there I went back to find the snail, discovering it was a 
Girdled snail

Hygromia cinctella, known commonly as the girdled snail, is a small European species of air-breathing land snail, native to the Mediterranean region, that belongs to the terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk family (LINK)

European species native to the Mediterranean Region. First seen in Devon 1950

It has been recorded on site before, but not one you see everyday. A first for me.

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A 20p book find.



A trip to my parents house, I  had a quick walk through the church.

Giggleswick


Church of St Alkelda






   The place were Russell Harty is buried 




School chapel

In 1897, work began on the school chapel, a gift from local landowner and school governor Walter Morrison (MP). The architect, T.G. Jackson designed the building to Morrison's unusual specifications: a Gothic structure with a dome, that fitted into the surrounding landscape as naturally as possible. It was Morrison's wish that the building should be completely fitted and furnished inside, to allow for no unsympathetic alteration in the future.

The interior was filled with expensive fixtures and fittings. The pews were made of imported cypress wood, the floors covered in marble, and the organ was made by Henry Willis & Sons, a leading organ makers at the time. It was rebuilt in 2005 by GO-Organ Builders Ltd. The chapel's dome was covered in copper which developed a distinctive green verdigris colour, reverting to the original bronze colour after restoration in the late 1990s. The interior of the dome was decorated with mosaics depicting angels playing musical instruments, with the four gospel writers at each corner of the base. The altar furniture is made of sterling silver and Brazilian rosewood. It was presented to the school in memory of Sir Douglas Glover, an old boy and school governor.(LINK)




A visit to family, this is the view from the front room window ! 
Lovely even on a dull day.














Comments

  1. Hello, great collection of images. I like the llama or is it an alpaca. The mouse is cute too. Beautiful church and scenery! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, its a alpaca. I had to check as I can never remember ! thanks for the lovely comment.
      Amanda x

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  2. A lovely post and great photos - just love the alpaca picture - good luck with the competition :) Lovely to see the bird ringing photos - I always like the way you can get up so close to birds at such events. Interesting to read about the snail - I always think of you now when I see one! :) I think you might enjoy the book I am reading at the moment on shells - its called "Spirals in Time" although the bit about Cone Snails is not for the squeamish!!

    Really enjoyed the piece on the church and all the pictures - so much history there. The black and white photo of the church works really really well. The School Chapel sounds interesting too. Oh to have a view like that from my front room window!! :)))

    Have a lovely week Amanda.

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    1. Thanks RR for the lovely comment, will have a look at the shell book. Going to make a point of visiting more churches this year, I can see why you find them so interesting...
      Amanda xx

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  3. Such s super post. The church and school chapel look so interesting and I love your black and white alpaca photo, I hope it does well in the competition:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, have grown up with the Chapel, stunning building but I have never been in. Will look to see if it's open to the public as I would love to see inside.
      Amanda xx

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  4. You've been busy! I loved the little vole. Hope all goes well at the nature reserve x

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    1. Thanks CT, March is full of new things too... was so glad to see the little vole, so cute.
      Amanda xx

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  5. A very interesting post. I found a girdled snail once but didn't know what type it was until I saw yours!

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    1. Thanks Louise, pleased you got to ID your snail, they have a lovely shell. The white line makes it quite distinctive, hope to find more new snails this year.
      "Love the small stuff"
      Amanda xx

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  6. Face on that alpaca! Not seen any nesting here, but the birds are getting feisty

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    1. Thanks Simon, things are moving fast now, soon as March hits...
      Amanda xx

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  7. Oh you have seen celandines! I have yet to see some. Hopefully will get out and about this weekend and see some of the natural world. Thinking of going to Beacon Fell ( here in Lancs). How wonderful for your parents to have such a marvelous view of the chapel dome. Good luck in the photo comp.x

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    1. Thanks Shazza, once I've seen a Celandine I know Spring is on its way. That's the thing about growing up, you don't realise what you have on your doorstep till you grow up.
      Amanda x

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  8. How exciting being on the committee for the reserve! Very envious of your bird ringing experience. I've never seen it before. Maybe one day you can learn to do it too? It's great that you are having fun with the camera club and good luck with the photo in the competition! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, making the most of everything this year and joining in as much as possible, meeting new people and experience new things. The bird ringing was great, they will be doing it again, hopefully with the big nets. The guy who did the ringing was very knowledgeable about birds, enjoyed listening to him.
      Amanda x

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  9. Busy times Amanda. I hope you will be able to get out a see the first Spring migrating birds and first of the butterflies.

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    1. Thanks Roy, fingers crossed I get to see my first butterfly soon.
      Amanda x

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  10. Happy March Wishes.

    It seems you have been very busy!

    Love all of your photo's - especially the mosaics and the alpaca.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan Happy March to you as well, hope you are well and thanks for the lovely comment..
      Amanda x

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  11. Lovely stuff Amanda, you're definitely busy! Denso is on my list to visit this year hopefully sooner rather than later! x

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  12. Thanks Pam, have a look at the events page on the web site,. See if there is something you fancy to come along to
    Amanda x

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  13. The book was a great find Amanda.
    These old books about nature are some of the best really, they may not have glossy images but all the correct information is there and painstakingly well researched by experts that knew their stuff.

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    1. Thanks Roy, it is a rather special book and hope to make use of it over the summer months..
      Amanda xx

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