on the road to Malham (where a few of us spent Christmas)
Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
the weather has turned very cold and Spot has taken to wearing his winter cap. There was a great gathering of rooks today (this group was only a small part of the parliament), goodness knows what they were up to but something was going on
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Ravens are the largest of the crow family. They have a bluish tinge to their intensely black feathers, large heads and throat feathers. They often are seen in pairs (as here)
They like open moorland where sheep and other livestock are to be found because it is easy for them to find carrion to feed off.
They have a distinctive low pitched cry (described as prruk prruk) and a silhouette in flight, which is very similar to the buzzard.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
the colour of the leaves on the rowan tree at the bottom of our estate (!) are very vivid this year and make a pretty sight mixed with the bright red of the berries. Many fields locally have a large tree (usually an oak or beech) standing in the middle to provide some shade for the livestock, and in the autumn they provide these picturesque images set against the natural mixed deciduous woods that cover the valley sides.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Showers and strong sunlight make for vivid rainbows, and provide a fitting photo to mark a break in Spot's blog, at least for the time being, unless we see anything visually interesting over autumn and winter. There are over 1500 pages on this blog, and more photos, to trawl through if you should happen on the blog and be interested in our home area. Use the labels, or blog search facility to find the things you are interested in
Sunday, October 17, 2010
we walked along the footpath going North from Holes Hole, and eventually came upon this stunning view of the river and wetlands looking North towards Cotehele Quay (the grey building towards the top left on the river), and below towards Pentillie Castle on our way back.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
this is a stinkhorn, usually smelled rather than seen, but this was a very fresh and especially pungent specimen. It spreads its spores by attracting flies which land on the slimy sticky tip and carry the spores away.
this jet black mushroom is a chanterelle known as Horn of Plenty or Black Trumpet, and in France as la viande des pauvres (poor man's meat) where it is used in stews. It is an occasional species found on oak and beech leaf litter (note acorn in top photo). This is the first time it has appeared for four years at this particular spot.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
John Trevithick (under trilby), Lawrence Reed (VIP) and town criers of Bodmin and Launceston.
the loudest guy on the street (from Saltash of course).
and the town criers of Callington, Saltash, Newton Abbot, Crewkerne, Torbay, Bodmin, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple