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A St Neots Sunday

Monday, 20 May 2024
A St Neots Sunday

It was a sunny Sunday in St Neots yesterday and that brought out plenty of families. The mini-railway was doing a roaring trade. I questioned the lady driving an empty train and she told me as she passed that she was going off shift. The mallard families were also out and about. I will top of this post with some snaps from the garden this morning of the first of this year’s starling chicks getting...

Almost Peak Colour in the Swiss Garden

Saturday, 18 May 2024
Almost Peak Colour in the Swiss Garden

I do not appologise for regularly posting images from the Swiss Garden as it varies through the year and on a late spring Friday there was plenty of colour to enjoy. There is more colour with the Cambridge Flyiing Group taking passengers up for flights in their pair of Dehavilland Tiger Moths.

A Little Touch of Dartmoor in Bedfordshire

Thursday, 16 May 2024
A Little Touch of Dartmoor in Bedfordshire

The Dartmoor ponies are back at the Lodge and seem to have settled in pretty quickly. They are a nice addition for us enjoying walks around the reserve. The foxgloves are coming into season and make a nice contrast to the gorse. There is a nice shady spot in the car park at the Lodge under a solar panel array and I was early enough to get parked in the shade.

Colour on the Ground but not in the Sky :-(

Sunday, 12 May 2024
Colour on the Ground but not in the Sky :-(

My home is fine for terrestrial colour but generally unsuitable for celestial colour so I generally do not bother to search the heavens when the northern lights are predicted. I am on the southern edge of the largest town in Cambridgeshire, surrounded by street lights so light pollution is the default condition. As a result I missed the chance to possibly see the Aurora Borealis which appears to...

The Joy of Old Warden

Saturday, 11 May 2024
The Joy of Old Warden

One of the benefits from living in this corner of Cambridgeshire is proximity to Old Warden Aerodrome which houses the Shuttleworth Collection and the Swiss Garden. It means a short drive gives me access to two things I enjoy, landscaped gardens and historic aeroplanes. Where can you wander through a garden and pop in to see the oldest original flying machine on the planet, a Bleriot XI from 1909...

Lyveden New Bield, enhanced

Friday, 10 May 2024
Lyveden New Bield, enhanced

It has been a while since I visited Lyveden New Bield, a National Trust site near Corby. It is in a wonderfully isolated location, no traffic noise, just bird song and the whoosh of the odd glider overhead. “Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605.” His son was a gunpowder plotter and he...

May Bank Holiday Around Home

Monday, 6 May 2024
May Bank Holiday Around Home

May has arrived and the early May Bank Holiday is here. It is an interesting time of the year as we are in full transition from spring to summer. We, in the UK, are lucky to still enjoy a four seasons climate although, here in the East of England, winter is a shadow of its former self. I generally don’t go far on a bank holiday weekend so visited a couple of my local favourites, RSPB Lodge Reserve...

Moggerhanger Music Session May 2024

Friday, 3 May 2024
Moggerhanger Music Session May 2024

The monthly Wednesday music session at Moggerhanger Village Hall was another great evening. Although It is great when we have a full house it was a little more manageable on Wednesday with a comfortable crowd with and without instruments. Our unusual instrument this week was an Indian Harmonium used by Stuart. It created a very pleasant drone.
Here is a link to our Flickr album with some snaps...

Priory Country Park for a Quick Walk

Wednesday, 1 May 2024
Priory Country Park for a Quick Walk

I had a little shopping to do at IKEA in Milton Keynes so dropped into the Priory Country Park in Bedford for a little exercise on the way. It was a lovely early afternoon although still with a brisk breeze. Here are a few snaps giving a sense of place. It is a popular spot for dog walkers and lunch breakers.

Olly's 425th Birthday

Monday, 29 April 2024
Olly's 425th Birthday

I was not aware that the 425th was a major birthday but in Huntingdon it is. The Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell was born there in 1599. He was unable to attend the celebration in person. The town time machine was used to bring a few people and horses from the time of Cromwell and the council put out some nice imagery which made for an interesting Sunday afternoon. It was cold and damp so the numbers...