Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Ulverston....................................................................... birth place of Stan Laurel

Ulverston... images from our recent holiday trip.

The town is well known for the Hoad Monument (it's a replica of Eddystone Lighthouse)

Stan Laurel was apparently born in Ulveston... he is their most famous son.

There is a Laurel and Hardy museum in the town... it's in an old cinema.

Mandy wiggling Ollie's tie... he didn't blink an eye.

Skywatch Friday

Sunday, 26 October 2014

My gardening companion........................................................................................

I haven't been out and about this weekend... just chilling at home and tidying up the garden.

Robins love it when you disturb the soil and bring up worms and grubs... so follow you around.

Wonderful little garden friends... always lovely to see.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A day trip out...................................................................... to Lyme Hall and Park

I am still catching up with sorting through images of our recent holiday... 
...the first week was spent up in the Lake District and week two visiting local attractions.

Lyme Park is only an hour from home and as members of the National Trust it's free to visit.

The 1995 BBC series Pride and Prejudice was filmed here... 1995? Wow! time really flies.
If you know the series this is the lake where Mr Darcy takes a swim.

You aren't allowed to use cameras in the house so I can only share the exterior.

It was raining on and off... but they did loan out umbrellas.

Mr Darcy even gets a mention on the brolly... it does rain a lot in Manchester.
Lots more to share... and hopefully more of the deer rut this coming weekend.

Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Red Deer Stags preparing for the rutting season..........................................

It's taken me ages to edit this down to a watchable couple of minutes.
Noise from the airport and dogs barking... it's driven me mad.

The opening shot shows the deer park at Tatton... it's over a 1000 acres and dates back to 1290.

Red Deer Stags wallow in the mud... get grass on their antlers to make themselves look bigger and roar and bellow to see whose the loudest to impress the ladies.
If all goes to plan this weekend may bring some real aggression between the big males.

Watch the last few seconds to see how impressed this female was... she made me smile.
 Fingers crossed I hope to get back this weekend and record some of the action.

Linking to Saturday's CrittersCamera Critters and Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A cheap camera and not a care in the world................... it's a wonderful image

This is one of my partner Mandy's images captured last week... 
...she isn't here for a few days so I might get away with sharing it.

I introduced her to photography and she snaps away no problem but has no real interest in the outcome.
I show her the results and blog comments when shared and she is chuffed to bits (pleased) but that's all.
Her pleasure is all about watching nature...and enjoying the great outdoors.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Not afraid to get pecked.......................................................................... or bitten!

My best friend Mandy has no fear of wildlife... these images were captured over the last 24 months.

The jetty is at the bottom of her dad's garden on our local waterway the River Weaver.

 On this trip to Reedesmere we ended up giving away the breakfast cereal we had just purchased.

The swans enjoyed their treat...

... some a bit more than others!

Juvenile Herring Gulls like biscuits... they really do peck!

The squirrels in Chester are so trusting...

...though we don't encourage doing this in the garden.

 Feeding the Black-headed Gulls during our latest holiday to Cumbria.

...too quick for me this time.

Bar-headed Geese... another greedy species and very vocal.

Mandy does insist on wearing gloves sometimes... and not just to keep out the cold.

She also enjoys being behind the lens... and is getting some fantastic images.
I hope to share some of those soon.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Red Deer Stag resting before the Autumn rut...................Tatton Park Cheshire

A few images of a Red Deer Stag... resting in the morning sunshine.

I came across this big fella all on his own as I emerged from a wooded area of the parkland.

He hardly gave me a glance as I snapped away...

...but was letting everyone know he was around with his bellowing.
I can't go back until the weekend... hopefully there will be a bit more action to watch.

Our World Tuesday

Friday, 10 October 2014

Chasing a Fallow Deer.............................................................................................

I had another visit to Tatton Park today to try and capture more images and video of the Red Deer.
Two days ago there were over a hundred deer close to the car park... today there were only a few.
I ended up following this Fallow Deer around the edge of the wood... it was a game of cat and mouse.

Sorry about the music but Tatton is close to the runways at Manchester International Airport...
...the planes were taking off right overhead... making a right old racket.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Roaring!.................................................... Red Deer Stag sending out a warning

A short video clip of one of the stags roaring at Tatton Park... it's enough to warn off lesser males.

Roaring contests and parallel walking allow males to size each other up without violence.


However conflict can soon escalate between evenly matched stags leading to serious injury and even death.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Red Deer Stags........................................... are still weighing each other up

We managed to get to Tatton Park today to watch the Red Deer preparing for the rutting season.

The stags were roaring and posturing to each other... we saw a few face offs but no fights.
We took loads of images ... far to many to share today.

I also captured about half an hour of video... this is a short clip of a stag readying himself.
We hope to go back on Friday... there was a real buzz in the air.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Fun feeding the birds......................................................... at Grange over Sands

We went down to the Ornamental Gardens most mornings during our break at Grange over Sands.
This is a short clip of us feeding the birds.
Bar-headed and Snow Geese plus plenty of noisy/greedy Black-headed Gulls.


The geese followed us around as if we were the Pied Piper... it was fun feeding them.
On this particular morning we ran out of bread so crossed the road to the bakers to get some more...
 ...to our surprise they actually did "duck bread" or rather bread past it's sell by date.
All we had to do was donate some cash to charity... they gave us loads.

This video was captured using my little old (2007) Casio pocket camera... it still does a good job.
Warning... don't have your volume turned up too loud... they are rather noisy.

Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Grange over Sands duck pond........................................................... Wood Duck

Our holiday apartment was in the Cumbrian village of Grange over Sands.

Just a few hundred yards from our accommodation were the Ornamental Gardens and duck pond.

The gardens are home to an array of ducks and geese from all over the world... like this Wood Duck.
I have loads of images to sort through... holiday pics mainly but hopefully a few more to share.

We took some video clips on my pocket camera one morning of us feeding the birds on the pond...
...it was so much fun being mobbed by all the geese and gulls I will share it as soon as it's edited.
This week we hope to see the start of the Red Deer rut at Tatton Park... enjoy your week.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Home!.........................................................................................................................

Just back... and soooo relaxed!

A holiday snap of Mandy relaxing at Tarn Hows in the Lake District... the weather has been fantastic.
We have had a wonderful relaxing few days away... with another weeks holiday at home to come.

Skywatch Friday

Friday, 26 September 2014

Giant Rhubarb!................................................................. my last post for a while

We head off to the Lake District in the morning for the first week of our holiday... 
...hopefully capturing plenty of images to share on our return.

     These pics are from last weekends trip to Tatton Park.... the plant is a Giant Rhubarb from Brazil.

   This one plant would fill my little garden all on it's own.
   We will be visiting a few gardens on our trip... one has amazing topiary so should be good to share. 
Have a great week/weekend!... I intend to.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Arthur is TWO!............ time flies so I must let him know to make the most of it

It's my grandson Arthur's birthday today... he is two years old.

A few recent photos of him... he's growing up far too quickly.

Spraying the parents... best fun ever on a warm day.

Two years old already... where does the time go!
Happy Birthday Arthur Charlie... XX

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Red Deer Stag...................................................................... Tatton Park Cheshire


This was the biggest stag we saw during our visit to Tatton Park on Sunday.
 He gave a couple of roars but wasn't too aggressive towards the other males present.
I just hope we time our visits to capture the rut in full progress.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Red Admiral and Comma.............................................. butterflies at Tatton Park

The late summer butterflies were plentiful in the fruit and vegetable gardens at Tatton Park.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

I can't remember the last time I saw so many... it's been a great year for my local wildlife.

Red Admirals have been my favourite butterfly since childhood.

Comma (Polygonia c-album)
Commas were also in good numbers...  another of natures beauties.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

It's getting close to my favourite time of the year........................... the deer rut!

We had a trip to Tatton Park today... and the weather was fantastic.

The Red Deer are a couple of weeks away from the rutting season...
...the big boys are already preparing.... this stag was giving this branch a right going over.

We have two weeks holiday starting next weekend.... week one visiting the Lake District.
For the second week we will be watching, photographing,and filming the deer here at Tatton.
After today we can't wait.

Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Late summer butterflies...........................................................................................

A few butterfly images from the weekend... the weather was bright and sunny.

Red Admiral

Speckled Wood

 Speckled Woods were in good numbers... the males vigorously defending their territory's.

Large White

     I was in the prone position capturing the last two images... it took me a while to get back up again.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Camera Critters