Tuesday, February 25, 2020

25/02/2020 Out for another walk....

Maximum temperature in the Charente today 12C, minimum 5C. Rain on and off all day not measured as yet.  24km/h north-westerly wind with gusts up to 55 km/h.

I apologise for my late replies to comments, we seem to have been very busy and also a number of visits for me to the dentist - still more to go!!

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).

As above.

A lone daffodil with a bug!

Our neighbour's chickens.

Our neighbour's lamb...

As above in plural.

Do you think it still works!!..

These look in slightly better shape.

A lost feather.

Dandelion and bug.

Ivy.

The quiet track leading down to a stream.

Self-seeded rapeseed by the side of the road.

Rose bedeguar galls caused by the wasp (Diplolepis rosae). The female lays up to 60 eggs within each leaf bud. The grubs develop within the gall.  I put a picture of one on an earlier blog but this is a better photo.

Long-leaved Lungwort (Pulmonaria longifolia).

Last but not least there were still some cranes around flying North but I was in thick woodland so photos were almost impossible.


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21 comments:

  1. Great photos, Diane! I love the feather and the lambs too, reminds me of my farm days, loved them. And I love the track to the stream. I finished "Zambezi." It was a great interesting informative book, but the horrors, the atrocities was heartbreaking at times. And the personality of the elephants, how they interact was remarkable. But the injustices of their treatment was horrendous. I knew little about the area, and conditions there, so this was a page turner for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The love story was good too! Thanks so much for the recommendation. Have a good week!

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    1. Hi Pam, yes reminds me of our farm days as well but we had crops, dairy farm and racing stables. We did have sheep on the first farm we lived at but that was only for a short time.
      I am glad that you enjoyed the book, it really is an eye opener and I wish a few more people who do not know what is going on would read it. I enjoyed the second book as well but I cried even more in that!!
      Have a great week Diane

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    2. I will be reading that one soon. Ms Hawkins is definitely a good writer! Here's to more tears!

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  2. Such great variety in this post. Those wasps sure are busy!

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    1. Thanks you Marie, I was fascinated reading about those wasps. Have a good day Diane

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  3. Oh I love chickens! But sheeps are my favorite animals! And you know how much I love seeing your photos with butterflies and bees. Lovely shots, Diane. Hugs, my friend.

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    1. I could never live in a city, I so enjoy the animals and insects but I do miss African wild life. Keep well Diane

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  4. The cranes are migrating here too. I like all the photos but my favorite as usual are the butterflies. I like seeing the different patterns from the ones here.
    Just a bit of trivia since you live in Charente. Charente is a last name here which has morphed from de Charente to Disharoon. ;=)

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    1. I looked up Disharoon and found this ""No one knows for sure the origin of Disharoon, but France is the best bet.
      Michael Disharoon, the first immigrant (1670s), named one of his land grants New France""
      Interesting Keep well Diane

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  5. It's great to see you out walking daily, Diane. I am sure you are benefitting both physically and mentally. Are you walking alone or does Nigel accompany you?

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    1. I have not been out for a couple of days, rain rain and more rain!! I walk off the main roads as I do not like the traffic, although there is not a lot around here, but off road means after rain lots of mud!! Sadly I walk alone, Nigel has Peripheral Neuropathy and struggles to walk any distance even out shopping is not easy. He used to cycle a lot to keep fit, but the PN is now causing balance problems so his bike is now on a trainer in the house where it cannot fall! I will soon be up to 10 kms last walk was 7.5.
      Have a good remainder to the week, best wishes to you both. Diane

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  6. Hi Dian - lovely to see ... the speckled wood is really pretty - love its colours. Great to have neighbours with chickens and lambs ... fun area to walk around too ... while those tractors - a project for someone?! cheers Hilary

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    1. I suspect the none working tractor will see out the rest of its days in the shed. I think the other two, though very old, are still being used as there are lots of crops planted around that tiny hamlet. Its a great area to walk in and once the mileage becomes easier again there are some very interesting places to walk nearby.
      Keep well Diane

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  7. Hello, Beautiful captures of the butterfly. The chicken, lamb and sheep are adorable critters. Love the cranes in flight. Looks like a pretty spot for a walk. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great week ahead!

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  8. Lovely series of spring images Diane, you take the most beautiful butterfly shots ✨

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  9. You find the prettiest sights to share with us Diane, thank you so much!

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  10. Over and above flowers and bugs, the baby lambs surely mean spring. If I needed tractors I'd probably keep everyone for possible parts. I love how crisp your macros are.

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  11. unas fotos preciosas, sobre todo las de las mariposas

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    1. Muchas gracias. Su visita y comentario son apreciados. Tenga un buen día. Diane

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  12. Collection of beautiful photos. Pretty butterfly, sweet flowers, cute lambs and critters. Have a beautiful day!

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  13. I especially love the shot of the chickens!

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