Sunday, 14 February 2010

Half-term holiday home

At last, half-term has come! We chugged down to Blashford on Saturday after dropping in to see Guy & Carolyn in Chandlers Ford - all house bores now.... On arrival, Julia promptly dashed off for a yoga afternoon in Christchurch - Simon spent the afternoon finalising building/boiler details with Rupert Coutts, and did just a little local birding. We had an evening meal out in Ringwood, narrowly squeezing our way past numerous semi-clad young women out on Valentine's night dates with their (we thought) distinctly under-dressed boyfriends. Overnight camping was much more comfortable this time - better preparation!

Julia in no way resembling a vagrant

Sunday morning dawned cold but settled, and we enjoyed an hour's walk around the Reserve before hardly anyone else had arrived - no great surprises, but nice to see all the waterfowl in good light on millpond-like lakes. On the practical front, we did a few bits and pieces - kitchen door painted (15 individual windowettes to be glossed around - on each side!), brambles pulled up from the front garden, and (most importantly) an initial collection of willow withies collected and dumped in bucket of water - live fences, here we come!

The Withy Man

We did also have time to do a bit more photography - brace yourself!!!!

Grey Wagtail on Linbrook Stream

Pochard on a glassy lake


Tits ahoy!

Male Brambling

Female Siskin

Long-tailed Tit


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