Friday, 15 May 2015

A big thank you and nature at its best!

First of all some lovely news, Cathy at The House With The Blue Door has nominated my blog in the Two Good Reads tag. Thank you so much Cathy, it came as a big surprise as I haven't been blogging very long and to say I am chuffed is an understatement. I am so pleased that you are enjoying my ramblings. 

In turn, I have to nominate two blogs, I have found this incredibly difficult as there are so many blogs that I enjoy reading. 

However I have to choose Jacquie at (Bunny Mummy) as this was the blog that inspired me to start up my own blog and also take up walking again (not that I can manage anything like the distances that Jacquie walks these days but I am so enjoying spending the time outdoors). I love reading about her walking adventures and days out and about, viewing her photos of the beautiful countryside around where she lives and admire her crochet and art work. 

The other blog I am going to nominate is Irene at Life By The Sea. I found Irene's blog when I first started blogging after she left a reply on my very first post. Irene takes the most stunning photographs of the beautiful coastline where she lives and also has a crafting blog where she shows her card making skills and her crochet.

To participate you just need to display the logo, link back to my blog and make two of your own recommendations.


On Tuesday afternoon we made another visit to Rooksbury Mill, our local nature reserve. There was lots of bird activity going on and it was great to see that the swan that has been nesting for a few weeks has hatched her cygnets, there were eight of them in total but it proved difficult trying to get photos of them as most of them were tucked up tight under Mum.

Here are some photographs that I took on our visit:-

A yellow flag iris

Three of the cygnets make an appearance from under Mum's wing

The bold one on the left was trying to get on his feet but was struggling

Another one has emerged!

This was Pa Swan, he appeared to be taking a shower, splashing himself with water, think he had probably had his turn sitting on the nest and was cooling down afterwards

It looks as if he was about to take off but was just enjoying cleaning himself and stretching his wings

A grey wagtail

We spent ages watching him/her sweeping over the lake catching insects

A chaffinch with a mouthful of food to feed his young

This one needs no introduction

Again, busy catching insects, must have young nearby

This pair only seemed to have the one lone duckling

A moorhen with her chicks

Little black fluff balls with bald heads but still cute!

A red campion

I am still hankering after a longer lens for my camera for taking better bird shots but they are so expensive - one day perhaps!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my photos. See you all soon.


  1. I'm always hankering after a bigger lens! They are so expensive though.. if only! You took some great photos without an expensive lens though :) How lovely to be nominated for the bloggy award!

  2. You're very welcome, Jan! I always enjoy your blog and this post is no exception. Those cygnets are gorgeous, such a soft grey and so sweet. Your bird photos are excellent - I agree that you're doing very well without a longer lens. Love this time of year :)
    Cathy x

  3. Oh, Thank you for the lovely nomination Jan. I love to see your beautiful photos too.
    Jacquie x

  4. Well done for the nomination - very well deserved. Love the bird photos - the cygnets are adorable and I don't think I've ever seen a grey wagtail before. Have a good Sunday. xx

  5. Hello Jan,

    Thank you for nominating me. I so enjoy your posts and stunning photos of
    your area. The little cygnets are just adorable, and the robin with food in it's mouth just
    amazing. You are doing so well with your longer lens, I use my little
    point and shoot.


  6. I've just come across your blog and lovely photos, the close ups of all the birds are brilliant.

    1. Hi Sue and welcome. I have been to visit your blog and look forward to reading more of your posts. xx

  7. Hi there - I'm visiting via the Two Good Reads tag, and have enjoyed reading through some of your posts and looking at your lovely photographs - particularly enjoyed seeing the cygnets. x