I spotted this flock of Golden Plover a few weeks ago and have been looking for them ever since. Today my persistence, tiptoeing round the saturated fringe of the bog, was rewarded. The presence of two potential canine assassins doesn't help the stealthy approach. Me shouting "WAIT!" at Jack doesn't exactly help either, so these pictures are on full zoom, taken through persistent drizzle. They were surprisingly obliging for a minute or so.
The weather forecast for the rest of the week is for high pressure meaning no rain but I'll believe it when I see it. The rain here can get you down sometimes. I'm suffering with my back at the moment which is probably the real problem. Two years and three months since my accident and resulting spinal surgery, and I'm still in chronic and constantly changing pain. This, I think, is the last of the big numb areas stuttering back into life like very sore pins and needles. I'm sorry to moan - I know I should be grateful to be alive but it does get me down a little sometimes. I've just put my very expensive and lovely Musto riding coat on ebay which I've been putting off as it reinforces the reality of never riding again. Right - moan over...I have some bloody strong pain killers for a week and I'm going to make the most of them. Here are a few pictures from the weekend:
I like this for a card but I wonder if anyone else will
Is it a calf? No it's a very furry foal
What an amazing little Chantarelle-like fungi
Strange jelly that appears at this time of year. Not sure if anyone knows what it is yet but there was a lot of discussion about it in the media a few years ago. Does anyone know?
I found this mini lichen garden lying on the ground. I assume something had knocked it off its rock. I took it home and stuffed it into our little dry stone wall; I hope it survives.
Thank you SO much for all your opinions on the card options last week. The results are in and I'll be getting the top six printed very soon. I really appreciate all the effort you put in. So, until next time, here are the dogs, Jack in Meerkat position.