Thursday, 28 May 2009

A giggley girly day with my bestest girl friend

A drive in the country, coffee, cakes, churches, and lunch in the garden!

Ox-eye Daisies

Who will buy me this house?


Rosie Cushions

Cheers m'dear! xx

Bank Holiday Monday

I had a really lovely day, thank you for the icecream and the great view from the top of the tower my friend! xx
Cowdray Ruins, Midhurst:

Painted Lady 'Flutterby'

Sunday, 24 May 2009

A Sunshiny Day

You know me; I can't pass something that makes me smile without taking it's photo!

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Mill Hill, Shoreham

Todays lovely sunny weather clouded over as soon as we reached Shoreham this afternoon but with a little patience we still managed to track down a few beautiful butterflies amongst the bright yellow Horseshoe Vetch that carpets the south side of the hill. The spectacular view from the top of this steep slope extends from Lancing College and the River Adur, across the flyover; Shoreham's own version of spaghetti junction, and over the urban sprawl to the sea.

Adonis Blue Butterfly (Male)

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Cissbury Ring Butterflies

Today I was one of a group of about 20 Countryside Management Students who were blessed with glorious sunshine on our field trip to Cissbury Ring. In between studying the archaeology, plant life, birds and management techniques we spotted several species of butterfly. These were many Brimstone, both male and female, Small Whites, Peacock, Small Heath, Small Copper, one Painted Lady, one Wall, several Grizzled Skipper, and a few Dingy Skipper. At about midday (ooh goody - lunchtime!) I spotted a single Brown Argus on the southern escarpment. Some of our group found a Green Hairstreak on a Gorse bush. We also saw a beautiful Cinnabar moth and various unidentified day flying moth species. All in all a wonderful day - nice to be out in the sunshine.

A Wall butterfly

Small Copper

A tiny Brown Agus

Common Blue

Cinnabar Moth

Turkey Oak and blue skies

Long Horn Cattle

Worthing and the sea from Cissbury Ring

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Today at the Rural Life Museum, Tilford near Farnham, Surrey

Gypsy Vardo - currently under restoration so not in its full glory.
Outside the old Forge; can just imagine the horses tied up outside waiting to be shod.

The Granary.

Eashing Chapel. Dad used to cycle past this on his paper round when it was an ivy covered derelict wreck.

A very windy Frensham Great Pond.

What is our neighbour's cat doing in the garrage roof?!

Sunday, 10 May 2009

A Trip to Brighton

This Saturday we visited Brighton and walked along the marina. The contrast between the luxury yachts with prize tags of £60,000 to £260,000 and the small fleet of hard working fishing boats was fascinating. On one hand you had the pristine, white shiny boats, full of the latest gadgets; floating playgrounds for the rich, and on the other was someones lifeline - small, colourful, well used and probably providing small income.

Our garden is really coming into bloom now and there are lots of bright blue forget-me-nots, one of my favourite flowers.