nature

autumn colours in new zealand

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amazing autumn colours in new zealand

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i guess for most of you it’s spring rather than autumn.  but here the world is exploding in to colour in a last ditched attempt to hang on to the glorious summ

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pucks glen (the second time)

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we loved pucks glen so much we climbed up it a second time with jane’s aunt and uncle who live (vaguely) near by.

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we had a great time admiring the gushing waters and catching up on life stories

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like all good climbs in scotland, we were rewarded with a fantastic view for our efforts.

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and then we had a gradual descent to the tea shop in the local botanical gardens

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we took the low road back which was a bit flooded

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the odd couple

here’s a couple on a walk.  the lady seems to be striding on whilst the chap behind looks a little annoyed. another walk spoiled by a petty argument perhaps.  or maybe she’s said something about the eye on his jacket.

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actually, looking closer at the picture, it looks like the chap is carrying a rather large knife.

wicken fen

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i had a meeting near cambridge yesterday so i got up 3 hours earlier than i needed and got to Wicken Fen by 7.30am in the morning for an explore and a photo.
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the windmill is a wind pump don’t you know
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i spent ages seeking the bird hides which were quite well hidden. after playing seek the hide for a while i found one and went in for a my petrol station bought prepacked chicken sandwich. the only birds i saw were 2 pigeons and a crow. oh well.
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when i arrived i went the wrong way and ended up going on the adventurers’ trail. although i didn’t see many other adventurers. so it probably should have been adventurer’s trail. am i being preposterophe ? that’s a new word i just made up, combining apostrophe and preposterous.
eventually i found the nice boardwalk bit which lead to the windmill
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but not before seeing lots of nice ditches
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here’s a final picture of the wind pump
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harcourt aboretum

we went to harcourt aboretum on saturday. a lovely place and well worth a visit. although we did get worried by about a dozen brave peacocks during a picnic making me even more unbearable than usual !
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readers help needed !

our friend stephen loves this tree, but doesn’t know what it is. can anyone help ?
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here’s some close ups of the blossom which might help. drop me an email or leave a comment if you know !
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warburg nature reserve

we went to the warburg nature reserve yesterday and it’s lovely
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as with all good walks in a wood the girls ended up carrying huge sticks for no apparent reason.
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very pointed out we’d seen lots of natures (plural) that day. and we had. including: a dead rat (on the road) and squirrels (dead and alive), various little birds, lots of red kites, a herd of stampeding deer in the wood, rabbits and probably other things i forgot.

seed

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