I’m acutely aware that I haven’t blogged for a while. I’d say I’ve been busy but the truth is I just haven’t got around to it. So what’s been happening?
All’s very quiet in the garden. The tree sparrows still visit every day, but the colony has broken up, and the pack mentality has gone – I see them in ones and twos, not twenties and thirties. The youngsters are very definitely on their own now. Or Lunch, as the sparrowhawk must think of them.
I haven’t actually seen a sparrowhawk lately, but the fledglings blithely carry on eating long after the adults have scarpered. Easy pickings for the hawk, and I’m sure the adult sparrows are taking full advantage of these naive morsels. Nature is cruel, but that’s life I guess.
The birds are quiet, but the skies have been busy. June has been very unsettled weather-wise, which means great clouds! They’re all up on flickr, but I’ll post my favourites here.
I’ve also found some ponies to photograph. They’re in Crook, a thirty minute (and £6.20!) bus ride from Durham. Crook is a very pretty market town nestled among hills at the gateway to Weardale. From the right vantage point you can see the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, and of course good views of Weardale itself.
My route took me through a series of gateless fields shared by a herd of two year old cobs. Some of them were snoozing near the style when I first got to the field. They all got up, startled by the intrusion, but then followed me as I headed along the footpath. As I stopped to dig out my camera a whole gang of them encircled me, creeping closer and closer but not daring to touch. Just like cows will. Photoshoot over, they escorted me the entire length of the footpath (through two of their fields) but even the bravest wouldn’t touch my hand. I’m guessing they have had little handling, but they all seemed very sweet natured.
So now I’m pining for horses (I’d swap the office for stables again any day – I just need a salary match!!) but I can console myself that I can always go visit them again…
Some cloud photos (click to see large):
Well, that’s it for now. More photos on flickr – link is on the right somewhere