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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Flatford Mill and the Dedham Vale

Well the idea was to go to Norfolk today but it was a tadge cold first thing and the duvet was warm!!

So off to Fingringhoe Wick. The light was difficult as the hides face east! Still birds seen included Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe and Brent Geese.

Trish had said she had never been to Flatford Mill, well the sun was shining so I thought it would be a good place to visit.

This is the view looking back from the Cafe (nice Leek and Potato soup).

As you may be aware Flatford is where a certain John Constable did a lot of his painting. Anyone recognise this?

We did the short circular walk. There is a bird hide, nothing rare just a Little Grebe, Shoveller, Gadwall etc...

Back to the visitors centre to share a slice of Coffee & Walnut Cake and Victoria Sponge. We sat outside!! In Mid January!! I admit I was wearing a t-shirt, rugby shirt and two fleeces!! But still..... Joined by this chap.

The RSPB have a wildlife garden at Flatford which I think is new. Alas it is only open April - October but that's another reason to return! There was a Blue Tit surveying a nest box (kept looking inside) and some nice view of a Great Spotted Woody!

And so on to Dedham.

Someone seems to be doing lots of work here. The garden of Willie Lott's cottage was being re-turfed. The National Trust website says that there is a parking charge even for members but today we showed our cards and were given a ticket.

It's a lovely part of the world I'll return later in the year and may even walk to Dedham along the Stour.


oldcrow61 said...

The street in Dedham with the "Abbots" sign could be in Old St. John's. I did a double take. The swan and reflection is fabulous, what a gorgeous shot. Love the houses over there.

Ragged Robin said...

Some lovely photos from Flatford Mill - would love to go there and the stained glass windows from the church at Dedham are really beautiful.

Would like one of those giraffes!

Little Brown Job said...

Lovely shots Pete, nice to finally get a sunny crisp winter day :-)

Tricia said...

The weather was idyllic for the time of year :) and Flatford def would be worth a visit in the spring..