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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ingatestone Hall

And so Sunday afternoon the last day of the holiday ......  and a visit to Ingatestone Hall. It was built by Sir William Petre after the dissolution of the monasteries. It is still owned by the Petre's.

































Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hatfield Forest Grebe update

Given we were late home Thursday night I was looking forward to a good nights sleep. At 3am I was awoken by a MASSIVE thunderclap!! I've never heard one so loud.

The weather was better in Essex and we headed to Hatfield Forest. This was unplanned and telephoto lenses were left at home.

I just decided I wanted to see how the Grebes were doing!

This was the only Mallard in full plumage. Isn't he a handsome bird?




Spot the odd one out?


Incidentally the party of young canada's I saw earlier in the year are all grown up.

And yes the Grebe chicks are doing well. 3 chicks and both adults about and catching fish. Some record shots.



Almost lost her!!


Given my lunch a roast beef roll I may have been eating......


I could only see the one Tern but a Nat Trust guy told me he thought there were two chicks. We also saw a Kingfisher and 2 Marsh Tits.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Woolbeding Garden

As we flew over the channel I had seen lightening in the far distance (but given Trish isn't the best flier I never mentioned it - shockingly nice I know!! I'll be thrown out of the gits union).

We got home in the dry but by the time we were drinking tea the heavens opened and we had a storm but it was blue skies in the morning and we headed to the National Trusts delightful Woolbeding Garden.