Sunday, 28 June 2015
Goose, flamingoes and unfeasibly big feet
Summer at the wildfowl and wetlands place. I sat at the top of the tower looking out over the river. It's one of my favourite places, and somewhere I remember sitting around six months ago, watching the sun set. It's so different in summer. Cows grazing out on the salt marsh, flowers everywhere, ducklings and chickies.
The goose is a nene or Hawaiian goose, the world's rarest goose. It's a captive one, part of a breeding programme. The flamingoes are Caribbean ones I think, and the picture is especially for Dee who does like a nice flamingo. In the picture underneath the flamingoes there are two tiny moorhen chicks. In fact they had another brother as well, three of them, being shepherded around by their moorhen mum. The penultimate picture is an older chick. I love how huge their feet are. All the better for walking nimbly over lily pads.
The last picture is a day flying moth called a scarlet tiger I think. Butterfly Conservation say that it likes marshes, damp meadows and riverbanks so it's in the right place.
The planter with the lavender was in the cafe area. It had thyme, sage and curry plant in as well, and all of the planters were filled with herbs. They looked really pretty, and the pollinators loved them. A great idea for container planting, I'm taking notes.
I'm bracing myself for the last three weeks of term. There's always so much on the calendar right at the end of the academic year. And I'm still trying to do a little writing as well, I can't imagine I'll find the time for much in the summer holidays. The biggest boy has only fifteen more days of little school, then it's off to the vast pond of secondary school. He's ready though, and looking forward to it. Adventures await.
Wishing you all a good week. CJ xx