Ray Mill Island – 4 March 2017

With Rebekah out at a friend’s house, we enjoyed something of the early spring weather and spent an hour or so on Ray Mill Island.

We stopped for the ubiquitous hot drink at the café on the island, sheltering from a heavy shower beneath one of their new umbrellas, while Emily enjoyed her second al fresco ice cream of the year.

Fortunately the rain stopped for long enough for a quick circuit around the island.

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Holly taking a photo

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Mallards on the tow path

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Greylag goose

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A splash of spring colour

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Looking downstream from the bridge

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A pair of Canada geese

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Posing for the camera

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Two hot chocolates, one tea and one ice cream!

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Holly and Emily

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Hot chocolate

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Rainbow after the rain

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Raindrops

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More signs of spring

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The Vintage Boys statue

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A robin with a damaged foot

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Mute swan

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More rain

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Blossom

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One of the finches in the aviary

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Nothing like a stick to keep your beak in fine condition

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Setting sun near Cookham

Early signs of spring – 4 March 2017

What’s this?  A new blog post?

Having recently treated myself to a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70, I thought I’d try out a few shots in the garden.

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Snowdrops

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Crocuses growing in the veg plot

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Pleased with the irises and daffodils now coming through in the pots by the front door

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Sarah’s bath of winter pansies and daffodils

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Early colour in the Long Border

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Pulmonaria

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Perhaps next year a larger variety of daffodils in front of the greenhouse?

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Narcissus Tete a Tete

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Fine showing of crocuses around the rose arch

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Purple crocuses

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The veg plot wreathed in purple

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First seeds of the new season

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali dies – 4 June 2016

Former world heavyweight boxing champion, often dubbed ‘The Greatest’, Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.  Here’s how the news broke on Twitter:

 

Leicester City Football Club win the Premier League – 2 May 2016

This evening, having started the football season as 5000-1 rank outsiders, Leicester City secured their first ever Premier League title. Here’s how the excitement unfolded on Twitter:

Yes! Just Yes! Leicester City are champions!

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