Sunday, 18 December 2016

Apologies and some photos

My visits to blog land are very few and far between at the moment. So sorry if I haven't managed to visit your blogs. I still have two days at school to go, and have ticked off 4 panto performances, a Christingle, a nativity, a Christmas party, and an awards assembly.  There is chicken pox, winter vomiting virus and a nasty chesty cold going round so I'm thinking of suggesting a whole class nap lasting both days!
I did a bit of Christmas shopping a couple of weekends ago and popped to Rufford Park where there are a few shops selling nice food, warm hats, gifts and books. When I got there I discovered the shop didn't open until 10.30 so I had nearly an hour to kill. I popped back to the car and grabbed my camera (I tend to take it everywhere with me) and set off towards the lake.
 A group of Mallards came running to greet me but quickly lost interest when I had no food for them.
The reflections in the lake of the winter foliage were beautiful...
and the black-headed gulls seemed to be enjoying a the peace and quiet as much as I was.
As I stood watching them I saw a splash in the water, and then another a few minutes later. I trained my camera on it and zoomed in. Please forgive the awful quality of the photo (I will go back soon with a tripod).... It was a kingfisher!
After a few minutes I was joined by a robin, who may well have fed from my hand if I had taken some food - he was so tame that his feathers brushed my elbow as he hopped by.

I realised the shop had been open for a good 20 minutes by this stage and reluctantly continued on my way. Further round the lake I spotted a Goosander (another poor photo I am afraid)
That hour of solitude in the company of nature left me feeling so much happier than Christmas shopping does! I hope your Christmas shopping is done and you are able to enjoy a few minutes peace doing something you love.
Thanks for looking!

13 comments:

  1. what joy, much better than the shopping! the robin and the kingfisher are outstanding; I've never seen one in the flesh. hope you avoid all those awful bugs, you don't want them!!

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  2. Beautiful pictures. Sally. Indeed, the reflections are super!
    If I may, I download two pictures of them on my computer. The robin and the seagulls.

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  3. Perfect pictures Sally. Happy to report all shopping now done. Anything forgotten stays forgotten! Have a lovely Christmas. Hugs Mrs A.

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  4. I haven't been to Rufford for quite a while Sally but you've made me want to go again. Beautiful photos and the robin (s) and various other small birds do eat from your hand there. I took Charlie (grandson) when he was staying over about a year ago. He was only 4 and I bought some bird food from the shop there. When we were about halfway round the lake we sat on one of the benches and a Robin came and perched next to us so I carefully put some food down & he came for it. Eventually I put some on Charlie's hand & the Robin hopped on to get it. Charlie was thrilled to bits!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  5. Wonderful photos, I agree, out taking photos of nature beats Xmas shopping hands down.
    Faith
    x

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  6. What a delightful post Sally, beautiful photos, looks like a lovely place, thanks for sharing them, Kate x

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  7. Serenely beautiful pics Sally - thanks for sharing.x

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  8. Beautiful pictures Sally and to think the only thing that hassled you was the Robin.

    Sue xx

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  9. Really beautiful photos Sally. How wonderful to get so close to the robin. Barbxx

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  10. What a joy this post is Sally! Wonderful photos.

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  11. Love it! Peace, calm, time to think and breathe.

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  12. What a happy accident you got there too early, fabulous photos, and amazed you snapped a kingfisher, well done and thanks for sharing, hope you get more time to chill out xxx

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  13. Beautiful photos Sally. I specially like the ones with the robin. That was a great wat to spend that hour before the shop opened.

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