A Few Days in St Leonards Upon Sea

Minnie, Arty and I popped down to the south coast for a few days to spend some time with my Mum.  Minnie was very excited about going down to the seaside, but the weather wasn’t particularly good and there was only one (very windy) day that it was possible.  However, the weather doesn’t affect sitting and chatting over coffee and it was really nice to catch up with my Mum and my second eldest (who’s currently staying with her whilst working on his holidays from university) and for my Mum to have the opportunity to meet Arty for the first time.

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Moo was attending DNweekeND as a ‘Young Leader’ (as a Sea Cadets Junior), so whilst she was busy, Ted, Minnie, Arty and I went for a walk around town to see what we could find.

Outside the Frenchgate centre we met Same Difference and their rather long periscope.  Ted had great fun aligning the periscope so that he could see from a different (much higher) perspective.  We also enjoyed street performances of juggling and fire eating from Beyond a Joke (one of whom we know from Moo’s art classes at The Point – very amusing for her to see one of her art teachers performing live in the street).

There was a climbing wall as part of the Young Leaders display (with the Army cadets) and Ted and Moo had a lot of fun climbing it.  Various bands played on the band stand and inside Cast theatre Minnie and Ted had the opportunity to contribute to a collage of a mermaid made from discarded wrappers with Bowler Hat Creatives (top photo).

We also enjoyed various other street performers and exhibits, including Dr D’Cleyre’s Imaginarium of Wonder, Wyrdness and Curious Tales (and a blog post from one of the artists is here) – and Ted is clearly a candidate for No Fit State Circus with his pole climbing skills (he was straight up with little problem!)  We had a fabulous time and are already looking forward to next year!

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30 Days Wild :: Day 3

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In the morning, whilst walking the dog, I gave the camera to Minnie (3 years old in a few weeks) to see what she could find.  Admittedly they were mostly blurry, but I rather liked her reflection photo.  We saw plenty of wildflowers and I’m still noting the elderflower and whether it’s ready to collect yet.  Amongst the usual daisies, dandelions, speedwell, shepherd’s purse, etc, we found some lovely flowering sorrel (right) and a plant I’ve seen before and fairly sure I’ve ID-ed before, but just can’t remember the name of.  When I get another spare moment, I’ll try and update with its name.

In the afternoon my eldest son and his girlfriend came over and we walked to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (we live very close to it) for an afternoon’s wander.  It borders wetlands and there are some lovely views of the surrounding countryside to be seen from within its fences.

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With some more indigenous wildlife (and more domestic) to be seen.

Every-so-often the white goose adjusted itself, but still kept to this rather odd position!

And of course plenty of the more exotic:

It was a lovely day, so many animals were dozing in the sun.  The meerkats were particularly amusing, growling over their hardboiled eggs, even though they each had one of their own!

We’re rather lucky having such a fantastic wildlife park within such close walking distance from the house!

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52 Weeks of Nature :: August 2014

Not many photos from August – it’s been so very busy and I’ve had little time (or headspace) for blogging.  Nevertheless, we did get out and about in August and here are a few photos from that (if you mouseover, there may be more information about the photo).

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The maize is now far taller than the children (and me!)

52 Weeks of Nature: The end of July in France

Still on catch up with the photos from France and holidays bring plenty of opportunities to learn new things!  Here are a collection of various pics taken of wildlife and plants in the last week of July.

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A little wall lizard

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Palm moth in Sorede

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A frog at La Vallee des Tortues

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A very large ant moving a fragment of a nut at La Vallee des Tortues

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Land Caddis Fly at Les Paulliles

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Grasshopper at Les Paulliles

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Juvenile seagulls having a quick take-out on the beach at St Cyprien

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A distant heron on the lagoon at St Cyprien

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An egret (again from a distance – I only have my phone to take pictures on and it can be challenging at these distances!)

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The following were also all taken at St Cyprien, but I haven’t got around to identifying any of them yet.

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With thanks, as ever, to the members of For the Love of Nature on Facebook, who helped identify some of the photos here.  If you know what any of the unidentified plants are, I’d really appreciate you helping!