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Heron, Verges and Protest

Look what turned up this morning as we were standing near a stream!

Heron

The roadside verges near Penzance were thick with Daffodils.

Daffodils

We managed to get to Truro in time to show our support for the hundreds of young people on strike from school to protest about climate change and the fact that not enough is being done to protect their futures. It was inspirational to see so many so committed to the cause. 

 

 

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Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch where people all over the country spend an hour watching the birds in their garden or in a nearby park over three days 26-28th January.  We then count the maximum number of each species seen at any one time. It was extremely windy today and we didn’t see as many birds as usual so I will find some time tomorrow and send the better count in. We did see  some Chaffinches sitting on the Kalette plants, one Robin ground feeding, and 11 Goldfinches all at once at the feeders!

Female Chaffinch

Two Female Chaffinches

Robin picking up seeds that have fallen from the feeders

Greenfinches

Goldfinch

 

 

 

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KwaZulu Natal – Day 2

On our first full day here we woke to Nyala prancing about outside our window, spent the morning being immersed in the Zulu culture with a fabulous guide who took us first to a Primary School (where the 41 children in one class sang and danced for us. We were asked if we would sing or dance for the children. I sang Skinny Marinka for them and got a round of applause. D danced and was similarly rewarded!).  ) Thence we went to a village where we learned a great deal of fascinating information about the local way of life and their customs.

South Africa’s National Anthem which I sang along with, having learned it many years ago with The Quirky Choir

In the Zulu village

The afternoon was a long walk through the woods and alongside the water at False Bay, quite a challenge!12,500 steps on my counter, 24.000 on someone else’s!

On the trail

Yellow Billed Stork

 

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What a Difference a Day Makes!

After four freezing snow and wind-filled days, first there was rain to melt most of the snow and then glorious and truly warm sunshine so off we went for a walk along the coast at Godrevy. It was a gloriously peaceful walk given the past four rather fraught days.

Leftover snow and the Godrevy lighthouse

Haematopus ostralegus, Oyster catchers on a rock with Gulls who have just landed

From Godrevy across to St Ives in warm winter sun

Seal – look at his whiskers!

We met a beautiful dog who was having a wonderful time dashing about but who stopped and posed for us when asked by his owner!

Jake, who is blind

 

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Spathe, Garden Birds and Blue Skies

I learned a new word today – spathe. It is the papery covering on a Daffodil bud and I looked up the name as I had taken a photo of the raindrops caught under the spathe.

Spathe

science-gcse-biology

Our usual visitors have been at the feeders this morning. It is a great joy to watch them and I read the other day that doing so is good for one’s mental health. I can believe that.

Goldfinches

Greenfinch

We have had blue skies today!

Blue skies

Another joy today was a call with our family in Granollers and hearing our LiveWires having fun. LiveWire M, the older of the twin Grandbabies started walking yesterday and LiveWire S, the younger of the two, is full of baby chatter. Our oldest Grandchild, LiveWire NM is excelling at school, in English, it being her second language after Wolof.

The last Diary entry has been published. Click on the red link below.  Tomorrow I will share my research , trying to find out the name of our Suffragette.

https://suffragettediary.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/and-so-the-diary-ends/

 

Bullfinches, Leaves and A Page Turner

We are enjoying the birds at the feeders. They don’t seem to be put off by the constant mizzle and wind. I took this photo on a long zoom from inside the kitchen.

Two male Bullfinches

I lent some books to a singing friend the other days and had to remove some lovely dried leaves from one of the. I’m not sure where I collected them!

Leaves

I have just finished reading ‘Truly, Madly,Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty and my goodness, it was a page turner. I was even glad of the rotten weather so that I could sit and turn pages! Another one for you, J, as soon as you want it.

A cracking good read

The next part of Suffragette Diary has been posted.

https://suffragettediary.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/wednesday-14th-july-contd/

 

 
 

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St Michael’s Mount, Rainbow and Tonight’s Murmuration

Our walk was from Marazion towards Penzance today with the aim of being back by Marazion Marsh to witness the murmuration at dusk this evening. The clouds were beautiful, a rainbow appeared in part and disappeared almost as quickly and then the Starlings started arriving in small murmurations building to thousands upon thousands. It is hard to capture the magic, the thrill for you but here is a short video to give you a flavour.

St Michael’s Mount

Rainbow over Marazion

Murmuration arriving

 

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