Feels like I haven’t had a day off for weeks, I obviously have…
Have been ill with some coldy fluey type bug thing that I still haven’t fully got rid of.
Was working at Rspb Minsmere in Suffolk on Friday and then driving up to Durham straight after… Took us seven and a half hours!! Traffic was diabolical…
Dropped Georgia off at my sister’s to sleep and we went and booked into Days Inn Durham Services. Asked for a ground floor, got first floor but hey ho. Room is basic but we got it cheap so.. swings and roundabouts… Bed was knackered though, we kept rolling into the middle, so sleep kindly evaded us all weekend!
Saturday morning we met Rachel in Durham and had a little wander and a long coffee, we actually woke up to snow so a river walk was out of the question, and the cathedral was undergoing some repairs so we decided to not visit it.
After Durham we headed to my Mams house, it was awful going home and her not being sat there.
We spent a few hours chatting with Ken which was lovely. Lou and Georgia helped Kendra clean a couple of cupboards.
Late afternoon we headed over to Hartlepool Headland and watched some amazing waves crashing over The Heugh, also saw Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Gannets all flying past. Amazing!
We had been due to go and see our friends Liz and Ken but cos we were ill we didn’t want to pass that on as Ken is ill already. Some things shouldn’t be shared!
It was lovely to see my brother, sister in law and our niece Lilly. Ah they have their work cut out, she’s as sharp as a tack!!
Here are a few pics from a difficult and long weekend…
As the leaves start to fall and autumn begins,
The cold starts to creep down the sun wearing thin,
The temperature drops and we nurture that change
The trees changing colour and long shadows remain.
Trees drop their fruit as a carpet of lustre
Squirrels find nuts
Using all strength they can muster,
An everchanging landscape but who knows what to do,
How to reverse the damage we do?
I revel in the splendour, bathe in the light,
Cherish those moments of the darkest of night,
Listen in wonder at a cacophony of sound,
As a tawny owl calls and it echoes around,
A deer barks in the distance yet it resonates so near
As he seeks out a mate without any fear,
Soon winter will come and a dusting of snow,
Yet onwards we trundle not knowing where life will go.
Squiggly Forbes went to Porkstock at Norfolk Showground today. The event was to raise funds for Nelson’s Journey.
Here are his pictures.
Hook a duck
Helping the polisss
My Mam wants an Evo!
Squiggly and his buddy Horatio creating mayhem and raising awareness
Well I had the most amazing weekend at Aldeburgh Food Festival in Suffolk.
I met some amazing celebrity chefs
Dhruv Baker (MasterChef Champion 2010)
Thomasina Miers (MasterChef Champion 2005)
Kenny Tutt (MasterChef Champion 2018)
I also did some cooking on the Tiptree Stage, pulled Aspalls pints, busked, worked the Hedgerow Cordial Bar, ate Macarons, messed with Adnams, gorged on Fairfield’s Crisps and rode the New England Boar!! I also saw my first ever sunrise and checked out a Swift box!!!
Here are my pics!!
Behind the scenes on the Tiptree Stage
Ride em cowboy!
Baby 🐒 baby monkey, riding backwards on a pig baby monkey!
There must be crisps in here somewhere!
Very lovely Kenny Tutt
Anybody home? Storm the swift…
Oh what a beautiful morning…
No kingfisher this time but still stunning
Sunrise at Blythburgh as we passed
Sunrise at Loddon
I was savaged by the cat before I left!
I made sure the birdhouse was secure
Time for breakfast… The best cheese scones in Suffolk
Bird watching… Saw myself a Pippa!
Need to chill after that scone!
Me Mammy (Mam was busy making things!)
I am a cave monkey!
Snakes under here..
I made a den!
This was my first Wellbeing Wildlife Walk for Walnut Tree, at Ketteringham Hall.
There were four of us… Myself, Mark, Caroline and Stuart. A very enjoyable hour and a half, followed by tea and biccies.
The next one will be Monday 15th October.
Here are a few pictures.
These two 👆👇 taken by Mark Standard (examining flowers)
What we saw!!
Shaggy ink cap open. Check out those colours!
Shaggy ink cap
Jelly Ear (I think!)
Dead Moll’s Fingers
A few pics from a very very quiet day. Although it was quiet I got to learn a lot about moths and saw quite a few moths that I’ve never seen before. I think I have all the IDs correct.
Vic the corn snake
Elf (baby newt)
Great diving beetle
Common Wainscot (mythimna pallets)
Brown-Spot Pinion (agrochola litura)
Black Rustic (aporophyla Nigra)
Turnip (agrotis segetum)
Lunar Underwing (omphaloscelis lunosa)
Setacious Hebrew Character (xestia c-nigrum)
Copper Underwing (amphipyra pyramidea)
Beaded Chestnut (agrochola lychnidis)
Small Dusty Wave (idaea artists)
Chestnut (conistra vaccinii)
Satellite (eupsilia transversa)
Pale Pinion (lithophane hepatica) & Lesser yellow underwing (noctua comes)
Light emerald (campaea margaritata)
Pink barred sallow (xanthia togata)
Copper Underwing (amphipyra pyramidea)
Squiggly went to Roarr Dinosaur Adventure Park today.
Photos by Lou and I
It’s behind me, right?
I don’t think she has seen me!
I will make it to the top!
He made a friend!