Meet Santa and enjoy a husky sleigh ride New this year, donkey rides for children! WWT London Wetland Centre Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December

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Meet Santa and enjoy a husky sleigh ride
New this year, donkey rides for children!

WWT London Wetland Centre Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December

Husky

Husky

Husky and child

Get into the festive mood at WWT London Wetland Centre’s wonderful winter weekend! Children will be thrilled to hop aboard for a husky sleigh ride, visit Santa in his magical grotto or, for the first time this year, enjoy a donkey ride.

Head over to our northern pine forest; Father Christmas will be ready to welcome families in his cosy grotto among the trees.

Children can take a sleigh ride with the huskies: they’re lovely to look at but also working animals, so kids can experience the excitement of riding on a sleigh pulled by these adorable dogs. Or perhaps you’d like a family photo taken with one of the huggable huskies as a special seasonal souvenir?

Or you can take a donkey ride in our meadow, with the donkeys decked out in their Christmas finery – it makes a great photo!

And join the Elves to help spread the Christmas spirit! They’ll be getting ready for the big day making decorations and small toys.  Drop into their workshop throughout the day to help them prepare and to make your own Christmas gifts.

Santa

Santa

Plus, on Sunday only Fullers Shire Horse dray rides from 12.00-3pm. See these magnificent animals in action and hop aboard for a ride.

Here at Britain’s favourite nature reserve you can enjoy the Christmas celebrations among beautiful surroundings. Take a stroll among the lakes, meadows and ponds of this wonderful winter oasis and then relax over Christmas lunch in our Water’s Edge Cafe.

Husky sleigh rides are free (children 8 or younger, with weight restrictions)

Santa tickets cannot be pre-booked; just turn up but please bear in mind the queue can be lengthy

Visit to Santa is £6 per child (cash only) including goody bag

Normal admission prices to WWT London Wetland Centre apply

By enjoying a festive weekend with us you’re also contributing towards our vital conservation work in the UK and around the world.

Donkey rides are free (children 8 or younger, with weight restrictions)

The Elves Workshop is free but there is a small charge for making some of the items.

For full details and updates please check www.wwt.org.uk/london

 

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05, May, Richmond Park

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05, May, Richmond Park

May

Cardinal Guzman has come up with a very good idea and that is to photograph monthly something scenic, be it urban or rural.  To then capture this again in a month’s time and repeat until a complete year of shots is taken.  I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons, but I guess this doesn’t have to be the case, just my take on it and choice I suppose.

For those of you interested in joining, don’t worry about the dates, there is no final deadline, just a suggestion, so you still have time to go out there and create a gallery for this lovely monthly exhibit.

thechangingseasons_6367Now on to my photos for Cardinal’s Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

Richmond Park

As you will know one of my favourite places to go is Richmond Park and this is the place I aim to photograph once a month until the year is up.

You will be able to see collectively all the posts on my Changing Season by clicking this link:- Changing Seasons of Richmond Park

I am also starting a bit of a collection of photographing benches, here are two unrelated favourites: – Weekly Photo challenge: Shadowed – the other one you will see in last months post and some more in this months.

I have presented the photos in gallery format but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled 😀

I confess I am so so late on this, I had posted May on my other blog, Eclecticoddsnsods.co.uk, however totally forgotten I had not done so here, so I am aware June is still to come.  Meanwhile, let’s go to Isabella Plantation the long way around….basically I got lost!

So far I have done two posts which cover my favourite walk from Sheen Gate down to Roehampton Gate in Richmond Park.  I thought I would stick with this for the twelve months, but then I got distracted by Pens Ponds and decided to cover this area in a couple of posts also which now brings us to May.

Now I had heard that Isabella Plantation which is situated inside Richmond Park is stunning at this time of the year.  The blossom around the pond cast a vibrant mirage over the water, almost making it look the colour of the blossom.  This I could not miss, so the destination was set, Isabella Plantation it was.  If you wish to read up about this area, please click here:  Isabella Plantation.

But a brief account as taken from their website is:

The Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland plantation planted in the 1830’s. First opened to the public in 1953, it is best known for its evergreen azaleas, which line the ponds and streams and at their peak of flower in late April and early May.

Located in the gardens are the National Collection of Wilson 50 Kurume Azaelas (introduced to the west from Japan in the 1920’s by the plant collector Ernest Wilson), large collections of Rhododendrons and Camellias, plus many other rare and unusual trees and shrubs which provide interest all year round.

Part of the parklands conservation designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the site is managed very much with nature in mind and the gardens are run on organic principles. Native plants commonly grow alongside exotics throughout the Plantation. Perimeter and shelterbelt areas are planted with native nectar and berry bearing trees and shrubs to provide food and shelter for birds, bats and insects. The Plantation’s ponds and stream provide additional habitat for invertebrates and amphibians.

PREWARN – This post is not for the faint hearted, it took us a long time to get to our destination and I shall take you on the journey with me.  It is a nature lovers delight however.  There are plenty of galleries, please click on each individual photo to enlarge it should you wish.

So the trip to get to this area should have been relatively easy.  Being local residents we ‘thought’ we knew where it was, ie which car park it was near and decided in our arrogance for which we paid later, to just turn up at said card park.  This car park was near Pembroke Lodge.

So we arrived full of vigour an enthusiasm and decided to start walking to a wooded area that was enclosed in the distance that we ‘assumed’ was Isabella Plantation….it was not!

After brief respite they started to climb trees yet again, all rather exhausting to watch.

I was however given a floral present to keep me going.  The adventure seemed to be taking rather longer than I thought, after having noticed that the gate for the area we ‘thought’ was Isabella Plantation, clearly said ‘private’, Shrek decided to use google maps on his  phone and direct us to supposed ‘said’ area.

Changing Seasons May Richmond Park

Changing Seasons May Richmond Park

The boys yet again with their eternal energy levels decided to not only climb trees, but jump over fallen ones, then hide in empty wooden carcasses and poke their hands through like growing vines.

We walked what seemed a vast circle, the youngest eventually just dumping himself on the mud, no ditch nearby but he didn’t care, exhausting temporarily took over.

The Changing Seasons May 2015 Richmond Park

The Changing Seasons May 2015 Richmond Park

We then crossed over a road and Shrek said yes we are nearly here.  By this point I was utterly exhausted.  I decided to ask a nearby person on a bench and she pointed us in the other direction.  Shrek was not having it, we continued as he direct and we ended up at Holly Lodge which is NOT the Isabella Plantation.

We did however see some resident deer on the way, they had a curious look on their faces as if to say “I am sure I have seen these stupid humans wandering all over the park” snigger snigger.

We turned tail from Holly Lodge, of which you can read about here: Holly Lodge

My youngest decided to give me a wishing flower, but promptly blew it all himself, I can guess he was wishing he was at home with some electrical gadget to play with.  I decided to ask a couple if they could direct us, the look of shock and pity when they realised how far away we were from our destination.

They suggested we go the long walk back to the car park and drive nearer to our final location, which is what we eventually did.

However, seeing a the car was parked at Pembroke Lodge, mummy took the rare opportunity to insist on a cup of tea.  Seeing as it was semi Shreks’ fault for the extended walk he could not decline.  Upon entering the gardens I saw a bride, oooh and bridesmaids, of course I could not help but snapping them.

I had my cup of tea, and a view as you can see, semi respite, enough courage to carry on

We arrived at the car park to Isabella Plantation, phew, oh my, now a walk to get to the gate!!!!

Now I went in on my own.  The others were busy parking and the kids moaning about “silly mummy wanting to take photos for this challenge” .  So I thought it best to jump out and go in first on my own and get some photos under my belt before they came in.  What I didn’t realise was how utterly massive this place was, nor that phone coverage would work, I lost my family inside and I lost the entrance, oh my…..I am sooo not good with directions.

The plants however were utterly gorgeous.

I was heading for ‘the pond’ asking various people where it was.  They said straight ahead.  It was a long walk.  I got there, no blossom!!!  Then I was told that there was more than one pond.  I then started to panic.  I was asking whether fate was telling me that I really should not be here, nor trying to do this?

I then asked people where the pond was with the blossom.  I was greeted with either “No idea, I cannot find it myself”, or “I found it last week but cannot find it again”.

So forlorn and slightly frightened at the sheer size of the place, the fact I could not get hold of my family, I walked, and walked and walked.  Suddenly I came upon a clearing and heard lots of “ooohs” and “aaah” and eureka, I made it, found the pond I was so so pleased, nearly jumped up and down in joy!

It was seriously beautiful this particular pond in Isabella Plantation, I can now see what all the fuss is about.  Now I have edited, uploaded and looked at all these photos, it reminds me of the sheer immense size of the walk, for which I paid for physically the next day but utterly worth it wouldn’t you agree?

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, I would love to chat, have some feedback, so please don’t go away until another season, Justine xxx

© Justine Nagaur

 

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04, April, Richmond Park

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04, April, Richmond Park

April

Cardinal Guzman has come up with a very good idea and that is to photograph monthly something scenic, be it urban or rural.  To then capture this again in a month’s time and repeat until a complete year of shots is taken.  I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons, but I guess this doesn’t have to be the case, just my take on it and choice I suppose.

For those of you interested in joining, don’t worry about the dates, there is no final deadline, just a suggestion, so you still have time to go out there and create a gallery for this lovely monthly exhibit.

thechangingseasons_6367Now on to my photos for Cardinal’s Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

Richmond Park

As you will know one of my favourite places to go is Richmond Park and this is the place I aim to photograph once a month until the year is up.

You will be able to see collectively all the posts on my Changing Season by clicking this link:- Changing Seasons of Richmond Park

I am also starting a bit of a collection of photographing benches, here are two unrelated favourites: – Weekly Photo challenge: Shadowed – the other one you will see in last months post and some more in this months.

I have presented the photos in gallery format but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled 😀

This time I went back to the lakes which you saw in March’s post, I also went back to see if those two lovely dollies were still stranded.  They had been saved!  This photo session was done in one batch but my camera died on me and hence my trustee iPhone came out to take over part way.

We started off by heading down to the Pen Ponds Cafe, with sticks and leads at hand we headed up rather than down to begin with.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Magestic trees to view, yup I think that one way to high to climb, mothers near heart attack all over thank goodness as they walk by.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

However we get distracted by a rather cute bulldog flirting with Teddy and giving him a run for his money, she even poses with a rather crunchy stick in her mouth!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

There are lots of dens again to be found, to nestle in to and then Teddy ruins it all by dislodging a branch that canopies one of the dens and decides to play tug of war with my eldest…sighs!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

He gets chased by some rather small pony or huge dog, it went by so fast I’ve no idea which!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

AT LAST I get a decent capture of a bird, namely one of our resident Parakeets that are copious in Richmond Park.  Though they are prolific and rather bullish they are also rather cute to look at and oh yes rather noisy!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Then some lovely ladies pass us on horseback from Kingston Stables.  At least that is where I ‘think’ they came from, I did get distracted by the rather wonderful horses.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

I think I woke him…uh oh!  Spotted.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Alright I shall move on and annoy another…who seems to be dozing.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Oh great, not dozing but now apparently grinning for the camera, how lovely.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Or maybe not!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Uh oh, looks annoyed, I best go.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

So the children and Teddy patiently wait for me to take my deer shots and I am very pleased AT LAST again to have gotten some close ups.  Now we are getting rather hot with all this walking and decide to finally head to the lakes, glorious.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Teddy didn’t care about dolls, all he wanted to do was rest and roll in the grass.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

After winding our way around the track that snaked around the lake, I spotted a lovely couple relaxing and taking in the view.  It reminded me of spending time with my mother who has since passed away.  Her birthday however was on the 21st of this month, so I wrote a poem and featured the bench post in it.  If you like poems and wish to see it, the link is here:  Eclectic Corner #10 Unconditional Love.

We are nearing the end of our journey now, so I give you another view of the lake and solitary swan.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Plus a sign that Spring is glad to be here.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

How does my youngest still have the energy to climb up curly trees?

Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

My youngest’s hair competes with a tree…

Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

They rest and finally we get picked up, rather sweaty and tired we all are now!

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, I would love to chat, have some feedback, so please don’t go away until another season, Justine xxx

© Justine Nagaur

The Changing Seasons of Richmond Park

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I have undertaken to partake of a challenge run by a fellow blogger called Cardinal Guzman.  The idea is to photograph somewhere, ideally the same place, once a month over the course of a year, finishing off with a lovely portfolio of said ‘area’ at the end, showing the Changing of Seasons.

I have of course chosen my favourite area, that being Richmond Park.

If you wish to see more about the challenge specifically, please click here – Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

Richmond Park

A relative said to me the other day that how could I find Richmond Park so interesting over and over again. I replied “How could you not?”  I guess it is differences in one’s own personal taste, but I would be hard pushed to think that someone wouldn’t find something of appeal or interest here.

I went there for this photo challenge just as the sun was setting.  I had a lovely surprise of the deer being near the Gates where I entered.  Normally they are deep in to the thick of the forest and not seen, so whoopee I was very excited.  They are notably shy and heck why not as green clad men come in once a year and start to shoot them (called culling).

In my experience of getting photographs of deer I always end up with shots of their bottoms, a perfect example below but what lovely furry bottoms hey?

You can see my son was determined, crawling amongst the grass like some intrepid explorer to get closer, a small child nearby puzzled at his actions and asking me what on earth he was doing.

One of the things that always catches my breath in Richmond Park is the stark contrast visually when you get to the council blocks thrusting up upon the green lush rural skyline.  That to me is so indicative of the stark contrast of lives even in such a compact area.

There is a beautiful lake/pond, I am not sure which categorizes which but this will become part of my focal point in the coming Seasons for this challenge.  I loved the plant wall that had grown up on one side, the way the trees look so majestic and striving to make their presence known even with the dimming light.

Teddy of course had to had a little modelling session, he won’t change with the seasons though I don’t think.

Last but not least I have two other favourites, one being ‘The Bench’.  I am starting a habit of photographing people on benches it appears.  You can see a silhouette example here –A Bonding Moment near Pembroke Lodge

These looked to me like two young lovers, watching the avian life upon the waters and the sunset casting its orange glow.

The second is ‘The Tree’.  I love this tree, how it is split right down the middle, like lightning might have had a go at it.  My youngest always without fail climbs this tree and my header for my ‘It’s a lonely place’ blog which chronicles my journey with Chronic Pain is in fact this very tree with him standing on the edge.

I have presented the photos in a gallery but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled 😀

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, you will find this entry doubled up in my other blog: Eclectic Odds n Sods

© Justine Nagaur

The beauty of the London Wetlands Centre & drowning iPods!

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The beauty of the London Wetlands Centre & drowning iPods!

It’s right on our doorstep!

I think that makes us very lucky don’t you?

Have you been?  Yes, then when did you last go?

I went last Spring with my 11yr old which he thoroughly enjoyed.  However nearly being a teenager the prospect of visiting again or doing anything which didn’t involve electronics was met with a groan and “urgh this is going to be boring 2nd time around, do I have to go?”  Of course I ignored him.

I had not taken my 8yr old, so was full of anticipation to see how he would find it.  In fact my eldest really enjoyed the whole experience again as much as the 1st time around and my 8yr old equally so.

There was no moaning to be had except when my youngest dropped his Ipod in to the pond, yep, it turned out to be a very expensive trip indeed as totally useless even after being sat for two days in rice, which was a recommendation that unfortunately didn’t work.

In fact I captured the moment just before it dropped and evidence that in fact he was not using the wrist strap which he claimed to have done!  Just goes to show, photos come in use sometimes for more reasons than just for viewing pleasure. (evidence below)

 Please note most photos are displayed in a gallery, you can hover over the pics for a brief title but if you double click it will bring up large editions of the photos to scroll, much of the beauty of capturing the Wetlands cannot be seen small.

The moment just before the iPod went in to the water

The moment just before the iPod went in to the water

 Bug Hotels

I found out about bug hotels when I was asked to go and write a piece up about a Community Project in Castelnaugh, you will find it here:  Bug Hotels, Community & a cuppa!

I was intrigued by them and thought not only is it a great idea for every garden to have one but it’s also such fun for the children to build, be a part of their maintenance and growth.

It seems the palette bug hotel is the most popular probably due to it being the easiest.  I was sure though that there would be more elaborate ones out there and low and behold on my Spring visit to the London Wetlands I did indeed find a very glamorous piece of art called a bug hotel.  I confess to being fiercely envious of this one, wishing it was in my garden.  You will find it here:  WW Wetlands Centre ~ Beauty in Nature

We are in the process of building a bug hotel and I have done a little bit of research in to what is the best way to build them.

I have shared the links with you should you be so inclined to give it a try and I will write a post later, once complete on our home made East Sheen one.

You will see also in the last two photos a bee habitat, bees an important part of our ecosystem, without them pollination would not happen and that gives a greater knock on effect as you can imagine.

They are on the decline due to various reasons, so it is important to try in our small way to make our gardens as bee friendly if possible.  There are plenty of ways to do this including through what flowers are planted as well as making a habitat for them.

Building and Insect Hotel Habitat

Wild about Gardens

How to make a bee hotel

White and black swans

I love swans and grew up with them at home.  Did you know they mate for life?

A male swan is called a cob, the female a pen and they can fly up to 60 miles per hour WOW!

Their eggs take 35 – 42 days to hatch, that is a long time.

The black swan was from Australia and is my favourite colour swan.  So striking and to me for some odd reason looks a little more alluringly fearsome.  It was hunted to extinction in New Zealand but later re-introduced, thankfully.

Wetland Landscaping

The landscaping of the Wetlands is mesmerizing, one meanders like a snake between all the pockets of water and grassland stocked full of so many different species of flora and fauna.  Even if you don’t know what is what, like me, one can just stand for a moment and take in it’s glorious beauty.

Waterlilies

I love waterlilies, we never had them in our lake at home and I have always retained admiration for its striking, elegant features.  They are I imagine the most sought after water plants.

This took me back seeing how green the water was here just in this one spot.  My memory evades me to as why it is so green.  I don’t believe algae, but probably some water plant perhaps?

Floral beauty and bees

As mentioned before we need to look after our bees so it was lovely to see quite a few buzzing around.  Can you spot the bee?

Also the distinct colours between the flowers and greenery was almost as if painted, so striking.

Blackberries

Our family is not adverse to a bit of blackberry picking.  In fact even though this year it has been rather poor very nearby I managed to make a lovely blackberry ice cream.  It is extremely easy to make, I recommend you try if not this year but next, here is the write up/menu = Blackberry ice cream

I must say though the blackberries at the Wetlands Centre were second to none, we only had a couple but they were fat, juicy and sweet!

Dragonfly or Damselfly

I spotted this handsome or beautiful damselfly or dragonfly, the problem is I have no idea which.  I always thought that dragonflies were more ornate in colouring, but upon looking them up this does not seem to be the case.

Now from my photos can you tell me which it is and type?

Here is an interesting link on who to identify which = Dragonfly or damselfly

A fungi

It takes some while walking around the Wetlands, always set aside a few hours.  As you can see my youngest found a natural pit stop whilst I found a fungi, wow it’s just huge!

Heron

Now I presume this is a grey heron, though not entirely sure.  There is a section of the Wetlands Centre at the far end where you can go bird watching over the waters that are backed by some town houses on the other side.  It is always odd to see such beauty and then the stark reality of London in the background.

Woodpecker

It is not often I get to see a woodpecker.  Normally you hear them rather than see them, well that is how it seems to be for me.  This was pure chance spotting this one in the distance.  He really was far away hence the photo quality of my camera not so good but at least he is there, I was rather chuffed to have caught him.

woodpecker

woodpecker

 

Birds Galore

My parents knew everything about birds, flowers, fish and so forth being country folk gave them an added advantage.  As a youngster I confess I wasn’t interested, I just wanted to escape to the City.

Now though I feel slightly sad that I do not have the knowledge, I can appreciate the beauty but it is at times like this when I do a write up and realize I do not know the name of this or that flower or bird that it catches up with me.

However, here are some beautiful feathered friends.  We used to have ducks and moorhens at home amongst other types but I always remember the moorhens being extremely shy so it was constantly challenge to try and spot one.  I am not sure if there are two types here, one with red beaks and one white or whether they are just different birds, perhaps you can enlighten me?

 

Otters

The children, as do I, always love these playful creatures.

The Wetlands Centre have EuroAsian Otters, they are small short clawed otters which are not nocturnal so we as customers get to see them which is fabulous.

Otters are included in the Wetlands Centre as they are a big part in an indicator as to health of the ecosystem in being that they are at the top of the food chain.

These two are now at the stage where they can breed, so everyone is waiting with baited breath.

Mother and chicks

I found these lovely birds right opposite the otters.  The crowds were gathering so I drew myself away to look elsewhere and get a bit of space, it was then I saw this lovely mother and her ‘chicks’.

Again I don’t know the breed, however it was fascinating watching how she tended for her young, dipping in out of the water to get food, they would sit there with their mouths so wide open the gaping hole was nearly as big as their body.  Then she would place carefully in whatever she had found for them.

So there you have it, a seasonal update on the London Wetlands Centre, if you wish to find out more about what they do, please take a look at their official website – The London Wetlands Centre

You can book tickets online here – online tickets

© Justine Nagaur, LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

You will also find events at the London Wetlands Centre, the next one coming up is:

Saturday 27 September

Wildlife photography: intermediate skills
10am – 4pm
If you already understand how your camera works and the basics of photography, but want to fine-tune your pictures of the natural world then this is the ideal course.

Based both in the classroom and outside you will explore and practice various advanced techniques and subjects such as

  • Lighting and exposure
  • Advanced camera settings
  • Depth of field preview/ hyperfocal distance
  • Field craft for wildlife photography
  • Bird flight photography
  • Advanced composition – to ensure your photos show what you want the viewer to see

The content will be tailored to the needs of course attendees, and with limited numbers there will be plenty of time for 1-2-1 tuition.  Iain’s wildlife photography courses at London Wetland Centre are extremely popular and places fill up very quickly, so we advise you to book early. £55pp + admission. Booking essential: call 020 8409 4400.

Wildlife photography equipment: This course is suitable for users of SLR cameras only.

There once was an ugly duckling….

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I think the Egyptian Geese are so striking don’t you?

The Teddington Gardener

DSCF3069DSCF3071DSCF3070Rather a baby Egyptian Goose (the one with the darkly-circled eyes). A family with four young-uns were being fed scraps of bread, some pieces larger than others, requiring contortions and dedication to get them down…

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Macro Monday – Prickly but cute!

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A prickly friend from Adrian Hall, East Sheen, London

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Macro Monday – Prickly but cute!

A prickly but lovely flowering yellow cactus, photographed at theAdrian Hall Garden Centre in East Sheen, London.

One of my favorite passes to pass through on my way about East Sheen.

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The cactus was ever so popular in the 80’s, do you think it has diminished now in popularity?

Do you have a cactus at home?

Thank you as always for reading and viewing, Justine xx

© Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com

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Look who I met at Palewell Common! ( East Sheen, London )

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Look who I met at Palewell Common!

Dragonfly

I met this very handsome chap or chapette, I am not sure which,down at Palewell Common, East Sheen, London, not long ago.

He/she even posed for the camera.

What stunning colours, you want to bottle them up and paint with it.

My son held up a leaf and the dragonfly was quite happy to just sit, munch and let me take pictures, what a treat.

He/she was included on my macro Monday shots on my other blog and was received admirably.

There is a little bit of blur, due to me using an iPhone rather than my ‘proper’ camera in this instance.

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 © Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk & Eclecticoddsnsods.com

Friday 13th the eerie ‘Honey’ Full Moon – did you see it?

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Friday 13th spooky ‘Honey’ Full Moon

Did any of you get to see it?

There are many rumours and stories as to why it is called the ‘Honey’ Moon from kidnapping brides to much less scandalous activities.

I would love to share any other donated pictures anyone might have of photos taken locally!

If willing to share, please send to LivinginEastSheen@gmail.com

Please put photographers name so credits can be duly given & thank you in advance.

Here are some I took whilst the deer were sleeping in Richmond Park

'Honey' Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park

‘Honey’ Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park

'Honey' Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park

‘Honey’ Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park

'Honey' Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park

‘Honey’ Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park

'Honey' Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park

‘Honey’ Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park

'Honey' Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park & drowsy deer

‘Honey’ Full moon on Friday 13th 2014 over Richmond Park & drowsy deer

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Thoughtful Thursday ~ Quotes ~ Nature!

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Please find a thoughtful quote for a the day of the week leading us hopefully to a relaxing weekend!

That being ‘Thoughtful Thursday’.

 

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  ― Albert Einstein
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

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Thank you as always for reading/viewing!  

What did this quote make you think?

Justine xx

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As always thank you for reading/viewing!  Justine xx

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