Monday, February 22, 2021

20/02/2021 Last weeks walk

 Maximum temperature here today 16⁰C, minimum 10⁰C.  Dry but very grey skies.  21km/h South-Westerly winds with gusts up to 74 km/h. 

I have not been out walking since last week when these photos were taken.  The very high winds have been a problem and my eyes, despite wraparound glasses,  just water all the time and I cannot focus on where I am going let alone focus on the camera.

At home the Viburnum tinus is in flower.

and the first crocuses.

Out walking it was a little misty to begin with but it soon cleared.

The lambs were playing...

as above...

As above...

Looking over the local town.

Seen outside somebodies house.

The little stream is still flowing very fast.

Muddy puddles everywhere....

and the cattle are still standing in mud.

A pleasant surprise was seeing about 8 Brimstone butterflies at various places along the walk, only one settled long enough for me to get a photo. (Gonepteryx rhamni).

Many hundreds of Cranes (Grus grus) were flying overhead, but I was only carrying the Nikon Coolpix so photos were not easy to get.  Even more so because most of my walk was through the woods and the trees were in the way!  Good to see them returning to the North.

Some of the track where I was walking.

Seen in somebodies smallholding. With thanks to Richard we believe them to be Emperor Geese (Anser canagicus), presumably, these have been domesticated. 

Flowers were in abundance, Dandelion (Taraxacum officinaleabove with a bug.

Gorse (Ulex europaeus).

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)

Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica)

Sun Spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia).

Unknown fungus.

And a sunset that surprised me at the end of the day.


Take care everybody, keep well and stay safe.

My local list of wildflowers. (90 Species 23/08/2020).

See also my


34 comments:

  1. Great pics, Diane! The lambs are adorable, they were my fave thing when I grew up on our Ohio farm! So cute! The flowers are so pretty, nothing like flowers to put a smile on your face! And the sunset, magnificent!!!
    We have a couple of feet of snow on the ground and it has been bitterly cold, so definitely no flowers and no walks here. Starting to warm up this week though, thankfully!

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    1. Thanks Pam for the comment, thankfully we have not seen snow this year but anything might happen yet! I also love the lambs, they are so adorable at this time of the year playing away without a care. Our spring flowers are definitely popping up but a cold spell again might be a big problem!

      Keep safe and I hope you are both well, Diane

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  2. Hi Diane - lovely photos ... just sorry you're struggling with your eyes - Spring is coming ... love the crocus one ... delightful view over the village. Take care - all the best - Hilary

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    1. Hilaru I have always had a problem with wind and eyes, it was even more difficult when we cycled a lot as then I really did need to see where we ere going. It is actually classed as a town and it has a mayor, but no shops of any sort. An English lady started a little tea room just over a year ago, but of course with COVID I wonder if she will survive! Keep well Diane

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  3. Such beautiful variety in this post with much to take in. I love the frolicking lambs best of all.

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    1. Thanks Marie, I have a few more photos from this walk but I always struggle to download when there are many. One day maybe I will even be able to add videos but that could be years away! keep well Diane

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  4. Dearest Diane,
    Lovely beginning of lent in your area!
    We do have the Viburnum Tinus but not yet blooming...
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thanks for the visit and the comment. Hope all is well, Diane

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  5. Spring! The lambs are adorable and so many flowers. Glad the wind dropped enough for you to get out.

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    1. This walk was before the strong winds and since I have not had time to walk, the garden now needs much work!!!
      Keep safe Diane

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  6. Pretty flowers in the first photo. Cute lambs and beautiful cattle. That is an interesting fungus. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Wish I knew what that fungus is but it is still a mystery! Hope you are well Diane

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  7. It really looks like spring there, Diane. We are still locked in winter here and received another 5 cm of snow yesterday. It will be a while before we get to enjoy the kinds of scenes you are showing us in this post. Interesting that you saw the Brimstones. Our first butterfly is almost always Mourning Cloak, known in Europe as Camberwell Beauty. I hope the winds subside and that you are able to get out and walk more often. Take good care. David

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    1. David it feels a bit like spring is here but I am sure we will have a return of winter before spring is here for good. I have never seen a Camberwell Beauty, I gather numbers here have seriously declined.
      Hope you are both keeping well Diane

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  8. Spring is definitely on it's way Diane. 16C is quite a nice temperature if the sun is shining also. I know what you mean about watery eyes in the wind. Btw how is your cough these days, mine is back! The new lambs are such a delight to see. Take care, I'm glad the weather is warming up for you now ✨

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    1. It is too early for it to stay this warm but while it does I will enjoy. My cough has really returned at present but I have got used to it coming and going now, it is a part of me!!! Cheers Diane

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  9. A real treat to see your photos, thank you so much Diane! Have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks Denise and I hope all is well with you, Diane

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  10. A wonderful taste of spring in this post, Diane, which has brightened up my day - thank you.

    That fungus is fabulous. Without your caption I'd have thought it was a piece of coral!

    Take great care and stay safe. Thank you for the mention - - - Richard

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    1. Hi Richard, glad to have brightened your day :-)) I would like to try and find out what the fungus is but I just keep running out of time during the day and research is one thing that suffers!
      Hope you and the family are well. Stay safe, Diane

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  11. Lovely photos of your area. Year watery eyes are a problem with me too even when I put drops in too. The lambs are gorgeous and it sure looks like Spring is in the air.

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    1. Hi Diane, drops do not help in the slightest, the wind is always a problem but it seems to be stronger than usual in the past week or so! I am sure we will have another cold spell yet it is too early for it to stay this warm!
      Keep safe, t'other Diane

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  12. Lovely photos and springtime feelings for your hemisphere! One of my favourites is the flypast by the cranes - and of course, that sunset!

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    1. Karen it is too early for spring to stay although so many creatures are out and about. The cranes flying over are amazing and wow they are so noisy. Hope al is well with you, Diane

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  13. BEAUTIFUL....I really like the creativity log stick deer in the yard. Nice. I was not aware of trilling either cause Lily did not do that. That is all Misty does, does not meow much at all but she makes the trilling sound. Since I was not aware of it, I had to look it up myself...https://www.thepurringtonpost.com/cat-trilling/#:~:text=%20Cat%20Trilling%3A%20What%20Is%20It%20And%20What,trilling%20can%20also%20be%20a%20way...%20More%20

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    1. Haha yes the log stick deer are interesting. Trilling is something very new to me. Hope you are well Diane

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  14. What a cool looking fungus. Those lambs are so adorable.

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    1. The lambs really are so cute and there are so many of them at present, I love them. Cheers Diane

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  15. Hi Diane, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos.
    What a spectacular sunset.
    Take care, hugs

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    1. We get some great sunsets from time to time. Thanks for the visit. Keep well Diane

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  16. Great images! The wooden animals are creative. The colorful flowers are always great to see.

    Your link is a great addition to 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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    1. Yes the wooden animals are a bit different and they keep still for photos :-)
      Thanks for hosting, Diane

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  17. So very pretty in your corner of the world Diane. There are always discoveries to be made on a walk in the woods, especially as the seasons change. I hope your eye problems have a speedy and workable solution. Take care.

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    1. This time of the year there is so much around but it worries me that the birds and insects think spring is here and I am quite sure we will get another cold spell yet!! Stay safe Diane

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