Pond

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Ocado delivery was scheduled for between 0730 and 0830 hours this morning; it arrived at 0718 hours. Fortunately I was up, which is quite remarkable, as dawn had arrived and the birds were singing before I went to bed. My husband went to bed at his normal time, but got up around 0200 hours just to make sure I was okay and not asleep in my armchair! For such a momentous occasion I felt the need to see the results as they came in, but eventually my eyes would not stay open any longer and I went to bed at a point when I felt I had a good idea of which way the vote would go.

Today the weather has been warm and sunny, after the torrential rain we have of late. Today’s picture is of our pond after the rain.

On The Pond

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Female Mallard and Ducklings

I am getting seriously behind here, so much for having more time now that I am not working! This is another back blip, I have two to do as well as one for today (Thursday).

I decided to take some before and after pictures of the borders before I started on them, for my blip. Then I saw this family on the pond and as they are the first ducklings that I have seen in my garden this year they had to be blipped.

I spent a long time soring out the front garden, plus two large brick containers as well as the front hanging baskets and window boxes. They are not perfect, but look better: I need to some more bedding plants so a good excuse to go to Scotsdales again.

It has been very hot and gardening has not done my bruises and back ache a lot of good! Bo is behaving himself, he is not normally walked long distances, but he is enjoying being taken round the garden morning and night (his garden is a decent size like mine, but I keep him on a long lead; he enjoys sniffing around the garden as well as running to catch his ball.

Frog

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Our daughter visited this morning for coffee and a catch-up, but generally a last day; Formula One this afternoon, an exciting race.

The weather has been dry and although sunny at times, it was also overcast too.

Today’s picture is of one of our frogs in our small pond, the grey at the right-hand edge is part of the wire that covers this pond, to prevent animals from falling in and the ducks, from eating the frogs. I am not sure which frog this is and I would need to see more of it to determine if it is one from last year; they were all named by Victoria, or whether this is a new inhabitant.

Mallards

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The weather has been strange today, quite warm and sunny, suddenly changing to overcast.

I have done very little today, except watch the F1 Qualy from Spain. Then I went outside to get my blip and decided on these Mallards, they were sitting on the lawn, but moved to the water, as I got closer. Unlike the young Squirrel trying to get nuts out of an almost empty nut box. He was so small he could not reach the nuts at the bottom of the box. I refilled it for him, but he shows no fear of humans or cats, allowing me to get so close that I could touch him, although I did not. I filled his box for him and hope that he soon gets streetwise, or should that be gardenwise, very soon. I have not blipped the Squirrel as my husband took a picture of him earlier for his blip.

My students are almost at the end of their module and just to keep me busy, the script marking guide arrived this morning. I have to test mark six scripts and then go to Milton Keynes at the end of the week to discuss the scripts and marking with the module chair and the other script markers so that we set a standard for the hundreds of scripts to be marked. A lot of work, for very little money, but it is something I love to do.

Dragons??

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No, not Dragons flying Mallards.

For those of you who were expecting to see a picture of Milton Keynes or an image from along the way, you will be disappointed and all due to Abilleo Greater Anglia. Up very early for a Saturday and on the railway station platform at 0635 hours for the 0643 hours train to London Liverpool Street Station. A delay of nine minutes was on the display board. To this notice, like the 0743 hours it was then updated to delayed. The ticket seller later came and told us that the train in front of mine, the Stansted Express had problems with its brakes and trains would not run again until it was movev and this would be at least forty minutes. I warmed up in the house and went back out later only to be told that the train had not yet been moved; he was doubtful that the 0843 hours would run; I asked for a refund on my ticket. I did consider going into Cambridge and catching the fast train to London Kings Cross, but all of the trains to Cambridge had been cancelled; they needed to use the ‘down’ line to transfer the broken train onto in order to send it back to Cambridge. Once the trains were running, it was far too late; arriving in time for lunch and three hours in the afternoon was, to my mind rather pointless. However, this situation is not unusual for commuters. When my husband worked in London he was often very late home due to various transport problems.

So what have I done with my ‘free’ day? I have caught up with Masterchef, my husband hates it and any other programmes of a similar ilk and so I always watch it on iPlayer on my computer. I have also sorted out two small surveillance cameras, which I originally bought to capture images of the wildlife in the garden at night. We (and others in the village) have had more problems with boys hammering on the front door and it is possible that the cameras will pick them up too. Yesterday they made the mistake of going up the lane, past the house; I suspect that they thought we were out. Unfortunately for them, I heard them coming back and was ready with my camera; I managed to get some good shots of their faces, before they saw me and turned their heads away. I have contacted the Joyce Franklin Academy, again, they are wearing their uniform and the Newport Village FaceBook page has asked me to post pictures on FaceBook. Not only are they a nuisance to us and others, they are also trespassing when they run backwards and forwards over the bridge and play on the platforms.

Lower Orchard and Marsh

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After a disrupted day yesterday I have been frantically catching up, mainly with indoor jobs; despite the lovely weather, the garden borders will have to wait.

Today’s picture is of our lower end of our orchard, complete with our almost normal pond. This part of our orchard was destroyed almost two years ago and restored last year; it is looking better than it has done for a while. I was going to blip some pear or cherry blossom, but the blue sky in this one made it my choice for today.

Although it is looking towards the house from the pond, instead of today’s picture looking over the marsh, this is what it looked like last year, after it had been destroyed and before it was restored to its current state.

Fighting

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There was torrential rain overnight and again this morning, then it brightened up a little with some sunshine but by mid-afternoon it was getting quite dark and thundery with more rain and then large hail stones. My extra picture shows the outside doormat with Florence’s footprints in the hail; she was out during the hailstorm, sheltering somewhere.

Today’s main picture is of two male Mallards, fighting over a female on our pond.

Hail