Sunday, September 30, 2007

Flicka Goes to the Pub!

Flicka has been trying to get inside a Forest Pub ever since she arrived. Today we had a meeting at the Turfcutters Arms and she insisted on coming. Whilst we were talking Flicka drank all the beer!

Well at least she is quiet tonight and she has been sleeping ever since we came home!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Flicka's Big Adventure

Wake up Flicka we are going out for the day! Flicka likes her bed and it can be difficult to get her up in the mornings. She was very grumpy as we drove to the station, but she soon perked up when she found the bar of Ginger chocolate and she ate far more of it than me or Karen. It was by favourite Green and Blacks Ginger chocolate! Anyway she behaved herself on the train and hid in her rucksack when the ticket collector came round (we couldn't afford a ticket for her) At 10.30 we arrived at Waterloo. it was a little overcast and very windy so she just stuck her head out of the rucksack until we got to the London Eye. She was so excited and really enjoyed her flight.She memorised all the landmarks so we wouldn't get lost later when we were walking.
After coming off the Eye we walked along the Thames to Tower bridge where we had lunch. It was a surprise to see several Cormorants on the Thames. We crossed over Tower bridge and walked back along the other side calling in at Southwark cathedral. They don't charge you to enter but do ask for £2 for a photo permit which we were happy to pay. We then continued up to Jubilee bridge and crossed over to get more views of the Eye. We continued on to Westminster bridge and crossed over the Thames again.
By this time Karen and I were very tired we had been walking most of the day so we went back to the station in plenty of time to get the 7.05 train home. The train was very crowded as it had been reduced to five carriages, it was lucky we were early or we would have had to stand all the way home!
Flicka was so excited to be going on the London Eye.

Flicka has a rest outside the Tower of London,

Dead mans Hole. Apparently this was the place that bodies were fished out of the river
Tower bridge

Flicka has a healthy lunch of carrot cake and ginger beer.

Tower Bridge

Looking across to the Tower of London

A day out with Flicka.

Flicka in Southwark cathedral

One of many Living Statues along the Embankment. I think he was feeling a little blue!

The British Airways London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel at 135m high. Located on the banks of the River Thames it offers unrivalled views over London. Each rotation takes 30 mins, meaning a capsule travels at a stately 26cm per second, or 0.9km (0.6 miles) per hour - twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting; allowing passengers to step on and off without the wheel having to stop.

St Pauls lit up in the evening sun.

Watching the planes fly over the Eye.

Flicka posed one last time in front of the London Eye

Flicka Snored all the way home on the train!

Monday, September 24, 2007

keyhaven and Lymington Nature Reserve

Karen and I went to the Lymington and keyhaven nature reserve today. When we got there it poured with rain but within half ann Hour it was sunny again. it was however very windy and it was hard work keeping the camera steady for shots.

The colouring here was very interesting. I am not sure what plant is so red.

We were surprised to see the Black swans, they must have escaped from somewhere!

We saw this little wheatear.

And I wonder where this Pink Flamingo came from!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Eling Tide Mill

Eling Tide Mill is a water mill that harnesses the power of the tide to grind wheat into wholemeal flour.

Situated on the edge of Southampton Water beside the renowned New Forest, there has been a mill on the site for over 900 years, although it has had to be rebuilt several times, with the current building being some 230 years old. Tide mills were once an important part of the economy of many countries, such as Great Britain and the United States of America - the latter having many hundreds of tide mills on the eastern coast from the 17th to 19th centuries. Tidal power was harnessed in this fashion not only for milling flour, but for everything from sawing lumber and operating the bellows and hammers in ironworks, to manufacturing paper and cotton, to grinding spices, pepper and gunpowder. Before the advent of the steam engine they were the one kind of large-scale mill that was pretty much guaranteed to be able to run 365 days of the year.

Unfortunately they suffered far more than the river and wind mills after they were gradually abandoned in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and very few survive even as derelicts. There are only four tide mills open to the public in the entire United Kingdom, and none at all in the U.S.A.

Eling Tide Mill, although abandoned in the 1940s, had the great good fortune to survive until it was restored between 1975 and 1980, at which time it re-opened as both a working mill, and a museum to this part of our industrial heritage. It is the only fully working and productive tide mill in the United Kingdom, once again producing flour as it had throughout the last Millennium. It is, in fact, one of only two productive tide mills in the entire world (to the best of our knowledge), and the only one producing what it was built to produce.
Eling Tide Mill and Toll Bridge (it costs a £1 to take a car across)

Flicka sits on the big wheel!

here Flicka poses on the grain hopper

The Storage area at the top.

More Bird Watching at Goatee Beach

Little Egret

Flicak and Little Flicka have a picnic

Great crested Grebe

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lost Again

When we started our walk this morning it was damp and windy. Flicka wanted to stay in her bag and she was rather grumpy. Anyway we persuaded her to come and she was enchanted by the baby Donkey. She wanted to go fr a ride but we persuaded her not to and we walked on. Well we turned right three ties on our walk and should have ended up back at the car. Three and a half hours later we finally did find the car. Dogs , Karen and I were very tired. Flicka was safe and warm in her bag
Flicka ready for her morning walk
We met this baby Donkey with his Mum

he was really Cute

Flicka and baby Flicka are "Babes in the Wood" Lost!

Out and about with Flicka

In between sorting the canadian photos and walking the dogs we have been showing Flicka the New Forest. First we stopped off at St Michaels and All Angels to sshow her the grave of Alice in Wonderland

Then it was on to Minstead, where Flicka was soon in trouble and in the stocks. Fortunately no one was around to throw rotten eggs and tomatoes at her

Flicka Enjoyed sitting on top of the Rufus Stone, supposedly commemorating the spot where the Oak tree, that deflected the arrow killing Willaim Rufus, stood

We finished up watching the ducks at Cadmans Pond

Saturday, September 15, 2007


We took the dogs to Shatterford today. The last time we tried to walk there they were working on the bridges and we weren't able to do a complete circle. The Forest is much dryer now as there has been no rain whilst we were on holiday. The heather has nearly finished blooming but we did find some purple patches for the dogs to pose in. There were lots of dragonflies about and I did manage to capture to of them. A Common Darter and A black Darter I think!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Flicka Comes Birdwatching!

We took Flicka birdwatching this afternoon. She was a little worried about the Foot and Mouth Sign on the gate, but we explained that we were not in an exclusion zone and she was Ok . We were lucky enough to see the Kingfisher again , although he did not stay long. We also saw green sandpipers and a Black tailed Godwit. No Egrets today. We did see plenty of geese flying around and a moorhen. There were some common darters flitting around and we did manage to get some shots of them.
Black Tailed Godwit


If you look closely you can just see kingfisher flying away

Unidentified Dragonfly

Common Darter

Green Sandpiper