THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

17 February 2014

JUST ONE DAY OF SUN


And what a day. I took lots of pictures but most contained the friends we went for a walk with and I'm just not comfortable publishing them online. Trigger had his coat off, although not here - it was still minus one this early on our way to see the Madams. Our shadows look like I'm standing with a camel :


The dogs were ecstatic to be out for so long.......... 



........and with their friend Bracken too:


The birds were feeling frisky


I love this one with number three coming in to land:




She did peck him and he did fly off:


Porridge beak:


A Nuthatch too tall for the camera.......


..........who found a rogue peanut amongst the seeds:


Mrs GSW is disappointed with the lack of vertical porridge:


I woke in the night to the hammering of rain on the windows and a feeling of inevitability. At least I didn't have to go and check if we were flooded. I had to take these with my phone, not wishing to risk the camera. They are taken at the bottom of the drive with the stream close to breaking point AGAIN and water pouring off the moor into it. 





I'm trying to hang on to what it was like yesterday:


It's half term. Wasn't it just Christmas? OB and friend are shrieking upstairs as I write this and the dogs are fighting over a plastic frisbee thing. There are bits of the frisbee all over the floor. I don't know why I bother hoovering. Snippet is pulling Jack along the floor by the ear now. They need to get out. I did walk them after lunch and we all came back completely drenched. Jack can now outrun Snippet with ease. Poor Snip. He has to try and get his own back I suppose. Until next time, here they are (phone pic) looking innocent. We know better.


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  1. I love the "it wasn't me, I just found it here" look that you are getting in the last picture!! You can tell what is going through their minds can't you. I am glad to see that water was running away from your house, I so hope that no more has come inside, you know that I understand!! Hope that you are keeping dry today. xx

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    1. I just ran out to feed Trigger in a five minute dry window. He's looking a bit miserable, or was until food arrived!

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  2. I would be ecstatic to see all that marvelous nature. Fantastic photos Em!

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  3. Oh dear that stream is looking mighty powerful Em, I hope you're going to be alright, we've just had a a day of terrible rain again. Love the images of Dartmoor and the picture of Trigger in the sun. My feeders are still empty...! so it's great to see yours.

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    1. It hasn't stopped here either......well it did for ten minutes, only to start again even worse than before.

      The last time the stream was running like that, Jack was tiny and fell in. I really thought he was going to drown but I managed to grab his collar and pull him out!

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  4. Great to see the sun but oh my goodness that is a lot of water pouring off the moor! x

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    1. And all going somebody else's way unfortunately for them. It's just terrible.

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  5. I love the dogs innocent expressions! Luckily we're not fooled that easily!

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  6. Yes Em, what a difference a day of sunshine makes. I think we are all desperate for Spring after what has been such a long dreary winter. Sadly today has been thick fog here.

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    1. Oh no! That we haven't had for a few weeks. I just have a horrible feeling this might continue into a terrible summer too. I do hope not, particularly from the farmers' point of view.

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  7. Oh yes that butter wouldn't melt look... Cx

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  8. Ah, that look of total innocence (but we're not fooled!)

    Wasn't the sunshine WONDERFUL? I'm glad you got a good long walk in. We did, but it was round and round the Fleamarket stalls!

    I hope the water doesn't decide to take a detour. That run-off is the devil - we get it here, off the fields onto the lanes, and they turn into rivers with rocks in very quickly.

    Good bird photos, and Trigger is SUCH a sweetie.

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    1. Trigger is in need of a new home still. I do wish I could find someone to take him on but it's so difficult.

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  9. love the action shots of the birds, great captures

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  10. We discovered three trees down here today.. tomorrow (drier?) going to see if two of them can be winched back upright.
    Glad that spot by the stream wasn't like that the day I was parked in it!!

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    1. I hope you get those trees back up but if not, that's next year's firewood sorted.

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  11. Jack looks a bit concerned about all the water..but if he's fallen in he's probably remembered that.
    Jane x

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    1. I hope he has....he's pretty reckless generally.

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  12. Your photo of yesterday is fantastic! The rain has to go away one day, doesn't it?

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    1. I really hope so Casey. Lovely to have your comments!

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  13. I would put in for a far calmer life, but you make it seem wonderfully wooly, wild and fun. Tinkers, indeed. I see the reference.

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    1. It's lovely again today but I have to be inside most of the day unfortunately. The tinkers get to go out with M for a lung walk though which should calm them down a bit.

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  14. What a day it was. How much more we appreciate the good ones in between all the rotten ones. Millie and I went for a long walk too, but I don’t really like walking now; it’s just too muddy and squelchy and Millie gets filthy each time.

    I want the water and the mud to go away and I want lovely days to be more frequent than rainy ones.

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  15. Wonderful photographs of the birds, and lovely to see Trigger, looking happy and warm in his cover. The water pouring over the moor is amazing, I'm surprised you haven't all grown webbed feet!

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    1. It would be a sensible move Virginia!

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  16. Goodness... a sunny day ! Do you remember what one looks like ?
    I love your little bridge. My tourist senses are tingling.
    Your furry boy are so funny, they always have something "found" in their mouths.
    And just look at those innocent faces.....

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. It's very sweet - the bridge I mean - and when OB was little, he used to walk under it. Now he has to crouch really low!

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  17. Sunday was glorious here as well, we could really do with weeks of days like that to dry everything up. Lovely photos of the moor and the lively birds and the dogs - they do look very innocent and sweet in the last one. I love the camel shot, too!

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  18. Oh dear.....I seem to be unable to use the reply function. I've heard of this problem on others' blogs! Glad you like that camel shot Wendy....keep safe in those flat East Anglian lands.

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  19. Glad you've had one day of respite in the weather - it was lovely here Sunday too and today is good too. Yesterday foul again :( Lovely photos of the moor, Jack and Snippet and the garden birds. Every time I see your nuthatch I experience a twinge of envy :)

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    1. They really are my favourite birds - so much character having had the privilege to watch them over a couple of years.

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  20. oh em, your photos have such a calming effect. i feel all brave and lovely when i see pics of your landscapes, dogs and birds xxxxx

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    1. Very pleased to hear it Bev. You need as much calming as possible. Hope you're bearing up. xxx

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  21. Fantastic photos again and how wonderful to have a walk in SUNSHINE!!

    I do like the chocolate lab. I have a soft spot for them.

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    1. He's a real sweetie and we're all very fond of him. Not enough room in the house for one here though!

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  22. Seems we are both having lousy winters! I've been without power for 4 days from last week's heavy snow and am just now catching up on my blogs!

    Lots of great photos, so far behind there are too many to comment on!

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    1. Is all the food in your freezer ruined????

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    2. No, we had a small generator for the frig thank heavens. But it sure was cold in the house!

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  23. Everyone has said it, but what a difference a bit of sun makes, we even get our shadows back!

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    1. I'd almost forgotten what a shadow was!

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  24. Hope you like us found some sunshine today, what a difference it makes to a day especially after this never ending rain! Sarah x

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  25. Fantastic photos Em. The frogs are amazing pictures. Never ever seen them like that before.

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    1. I was a bit confused there! I'd never seen them like that either. It was really exciting and I didn't want to leave!

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