Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Highlight of this month is probably the Mistle Thrush, who still appear in the Rowan in the field from time to time. A fleeting glimpse of a Redstart in the woods was also another treat. Swallows are lining up on the power lines just behind the house, planning their route back for winter no doubt. One morning there were over 50 on the two lines at one time.
Dentist appointments this afternoon can't be put off, so a small walk is needed. Little Mell fell is just that. About 2.5 miles in total, but a little Fell with Big views. Today we could see for miles in every direction.
It was warm as well as bright, so Hattie takes the chance of a tanking up session at this conveniently positioned bath.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
All that remains is to dig out a load of old shrubs at the back and turf this area. Then we have the delightful job of clearing the lower deck. Currently it is a mound of gravel and soil (it seems that any left over building materials from the extension were used to raise the levels of the rockeries!). This will need riddling to clear the gravel out, then the remaining soil will need moving to a temporary area, ready to use in another phase of the 'Great Garden Plan'
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Well it's in our garden now, so I'm going to count it........
An Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar. Handsome beast isn't he!
A little later today, we spotted birds flying into the Rowan in the field behind. After much viewing with binocs and even resorting to the telescope, we have discovered that it is a flock of (at least) four Mistle Thrush. Not something that either of us have witnessed other than singularly before.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Not Much, seems to be the answer. The silly little patio in the picture above (taken in January) has already gone (and is currently a nursery bed and overflow veg plot), and as our first year in residence will be complete before you know it, we have decided to make a start.
The lawn in the foreground has been lifted as it was on quite a slope - which doesn't fit with the plan. The rockery nearest the field is no more and as you can see, a trench has been dug along the edge of the second rockery. We have decided to do it bit by bit, to try to leave as much cover for the birds as possible while we do it. Are we soft, or what?
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Andrew Leaney (Website here) and David Hall (website here!)
Andrew's was the first site we found - a good few years ago and we have followed him and David around the county ever since. It was good to finally meet up instead of just exchanging emails.
We had chosen a really wet and miserable morning, but undeterred, we head of into the clouds on Carrock Fell. Having got thoroughly wet on Carrock, we continue to High Pike, stopping to admire a brief break in the clouds. From left to right...
David Hall, John Paterson (who we have known for quite a while), Jeff, Andrew Leaney, and Ken Leaney, Andrew's dad.
Perhaps we should have started out later, the forecast was for a fine afternoon. But then, when did the forecast matter? A good afternoon to sit eating cake and chatting.
It's good to know we still have a hosepipe ban!
Thursday, 5 August 2010
They sit a while (There are three in this shot if you look closely)
The do some acrobatics
And they wonder what the hell all those House Sparrows are doing eating seed.