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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The World Service

The BBC World Service marks its 80th birthday today.

In an age of digital the world service is traditionally picked up by Short Wave radio's throughout the world.

There is an interesting article on the BBC website showing how people listen to it.

Now I dare say some will argue in that in this age of austerity it should be cut. But I think this is short sighted, the World Service is a wonderful advert for the UK.

The world service is available on Medium Wave in the UK but reception I've found is poor. On DAB though it is excellent, and well worth a listen because it gives a very different slant on the news.

Monday, February 27, 2012

There's Always ONE!!!

On the grass at Wimpole is this sign....


So look who I found ignoring it.....

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hatfield Forest and Wimpole Hall

For once an early start and I was over the Forest at around 7:15. There was lots of birdsong which was good to here.





There were lots of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpeckers and Nuthatches.



On the lake were a couple of male Wigeon and this Barnacle Goose.




There were also 4 Great Crested Grebes on the lake.







There are a couple of houses in the Forest.



So time for a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie!!






And so to Wimpole Hall...


We arrived in time for lunch which was a lump of cake :D The triple berry was nice !

Quite a few Snowdrops about....





A tour of the house....


















Out into the garden.






Not sure why this little bear is here! Still it has a blanket!





There were a few bumbles about and a number of ladybirds.





Stopped of at the restaurant/cafe for a cuppa and a cheese scone. Lots of birds flitting about.


A lovely February day with a hint of Spring because as we were driving along there was a baby lamb in a field with Mum!