I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

ST. PATRICK (04/03/10)

Off we set for another wander around. It’s still very cold at night but day time temperatures, in the sun, are almost balmy.  I had a lovely surprise whilst eating breakfast, though the photograph is grim to put it mildly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      A Nuthatch, the first one I’ve ever seen. This is taken through the van window and is the best of about a dozen shots, don’t even ask what the rest were like! He inspects the feeders from about sixty feet up and refuses to come near if I open the window. It’ll no doubt be back tomorrow so I will keep trying. No sign of the deer today, that saved the bother of not getting a picture of them!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      We walked up to Glenridding to see what the steamer times were. Not too much of interest along the way but this is St. Patrick’s Well, elaborate for a horse trough.

We came back through the woodland as I could hear a Woodpecker and being full of my lack of success with the Nuthatch thought a blurry image of a Woodpecker would fit the post rather aptly. Needless to say I couldn’t find it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      We did find this female Pheasant keeping her eye on us. Barring accident she is safe now till next August.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA St. Patrick’s church in Patterdale. I like this, a simple and attractive building. I would have gone in but there was something going on judging by the number of people around.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I never knew Monkey Puzzle trees grew to this size. I used to see them in suburban gardens. They were usually around twelve feet tall this has to be sixty feet. If I remember rightly their correct name is Chile Pine.

We never did find the deer today, nor the Buzzard we will see what tomorrow sends our way.


  1. "No sign of the deer today, that saved the bother of not getting a picture of them!" LOL... that really takes the pressure off, doesn't it?

  2. What a great visitor to your mobile feeder. The benefits of such a big back garden Adrian ;)

  3. Krista you don't realize the pressure we idle folk are under. What with uncooperative birds and mammals. I'm just thankful I'm no longer diving.

    Keith, took me ages to find it in the book. Apparently there are several here.

  4. We have some Monkey Puzzle Trees in Napier that are so tall Jack in The Beanstalk would have been hard pressed. Seriously they are over 70 years old and possibly over 30 metres tall. See my February 2008 posting Monkey Puzzle Tree

  5. Gb yours is definitely taller, and mine was coneless. Impressive trees, I always considered them a bit twee.