|Barrington Court from one of the walled gardens|
|Clare in a walled garden|
|Clare and myself at the front of the house|
|The flowers are colourful but a little past their best|
|En route home we stopped at RSPB Swell Wood to visit the Heron Sanctuary|
In the Heron Hide was a small group of pensioners who had been bussed in to see the herons. They came equipped with high-power binoculars and rather sophisticated long-lens cameras.
|Clare sandwiched between the real enthusiasts|
The birds in question were (apparently) nesting high up in the canopy, quite a way off. I saw nothing, but Clare cadged a view through a telescope and claims to have spotted a chick.
Here's my video account of the Heron Hide experience:
And finally, we have a mini bee-colony in the birdbox in our back garden.
I gave her the option: cherish or kill?
Clare is not quite a 'friend to bees' but she doesn't fear them in the way she is panic-stricken about wasps. So they will be suffered to live and thrive .. very close to our clothes line.
I expect to be checking my shirts and underwear very carefully the rest of the summer.