Tag Archive | Wildlife

A room with a view

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

The full poem “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson by clicking on the picture.

There is a beautiful isolated silence in this place of mysterious stunning beauty.  Though it is so beautiful, it is also very foreboding being one of the most severe natural environments on Earth.  There is a unique danger that lurks in this place where temperatures can drop to -80°C that make you truly respect the wonderful elements of this amazing place and those that have visited and explored here.  Continue reading

Unlock the Mind

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I decided to join up with the Writing 101 course to help develop my skills in blogging.  I want to learn a bit more, want to improve on my writing skills and share my work with like minded others.  Due to being busy I have only just read the first email that came through from Writing 101 and it was about free writing for 20 minutes.  Mind block already.  Continue reading

Happy Easter

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This picture reminds me of my house rabbit, Slippers!

I have had a lovely Easter with my family.   Started off out in the garden just before 8 this morning.  Managed to weed part of a very weedy border.   Wrecked myself in the process, however it was definitely worth it.  This part has only been glanced over the last few years as I usually start the other end of the border and by the time I reach this section I am usually exhausted.  So it was nice to really get into it and give it a good gut out – couch grass is such a pain, not half as much as mare’s tail which tends to invade my vegetable area.  Whilst I was weeding, slowly moving around on a chair, my hubby was finishing cat proofing my raised veggie beds. 
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Dawn – It is a crescendo of musical delight

“Sunrise Behind Tree” by  Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Sunrise Behind Tree”
Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A Crescendo of Musical Delight

I find dawn to be a most magical part of the day.  

The moment where the deepest, darkest night slowly eases itself into daylight.  

The moment where the bitter cold of the last hour before dawn slowly increases in temperature as the light intensifies.

All this brings the world to life from the deep, dark silence that exists through the night.

Little flurries of activity from animals and birds alike.  

Up with the dawn!  

As the light intensifies and the temperature rises so do the birds.

It only takes one to start the song then the rest join in – blackbirds, thrushes, sparrows, crows, wood pigeons, doves – plus many, many more.  

The dawn chorus – such a wonderful musical accompaniment to bring in the new day ahead.  

It is a crescendo of musical delight!AAA-Signature

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Monday’s Minions – Spring is round the corner!

Spring seems a long time coming this year however I think it is well under way.

The birds are definitely more vocal in the mornings when I leave for work and it is such a pleasure to hear them.  I can’t wait until the thrush comes back to sing in the hawthorn tree.  He sings some beautiful songs.  Continue reading

MAN OVERBOARD – Oh it’s OK, it’s just a rubber duck! Or is it a Lego Octopus!

Rubber duck and tall ships, and Lego octopus

Over the last few week’s I have been following a Facebook Page about Lego lost at sea and the places that it has washed ashore.  The Lego pieces were being carried by the Tokyo Express, which was hit by a huge wave, washing 62 containers overboard, 20 miles off the Cornish coast in 1997 – 18 years ago.  This resulted in nearly 5 million Lego pieces, that were being shipped to New York, falling into the sea!  Ironically the pieces that were lost at sea were mainly of a sea theme – such things as oars, air tanks and scuba gear (97,500), octopus (4,200), life rafts, flippers (418,000), ships rigging (26,400), life preservers (26,600)… along with 33,000 dragons, 353,000 daisys, plus some other bits and pieces of Lego. Now these pieces have slowly been coming ashore at different places across the world and there have been recent finds (i.e. as at the beginning of March 2015) in France, the Channel Islands, Netherlands, the USA, as well as along the coast of Cornwall.  There has even been a report of a flipper, believed to have been from the Tokyo Express, found in Melbourne!  Continue reading