Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thursday 18 December


Milder today with showers

 The Christmas Tree has gained some decorations

This is no 10 Marker still no idea what they represent but we are working on it
Cheeky Grey Squirrel

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tuesday 16 December

Damp & above freezing

Not many clouds in the sky

Black Headed Gull

Trying some new feed for the wildfowl, a corn mix, they seem to like it. I am still feeding the smaller birds with sunflower hearts they love them and no waste.

The Play Area

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Monday 15 December

Dry morning, above freezing the weather is upside down

Sunrise over the Big Lodge

 Darwin's Barberry - Berberis darwinii looks like the buds are dying back no second flush of flowers

 Dogwood - Cornus sanquinea it is at this stage that it draws the most attention - stands out like a sore thumb

Been among these old workings on the rucks many times but I have to wonder what these markers are for this is number 2 and number 10 is near the brick lined pond and old boiler, will ask around to see if anyone knows anything about them and the missing numbers.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sunday 14 December

On arriving at the Big Lodge could not help but notice the two white roses, what was strange to us was the lock, fortunately Steve the ranger was about and told us it was a love lock, we had never heard of them but they have walls of them in some places.

Love Lock

I learned today that Yellow Brain - Tremella mesenterica also needs a host and it's not the oak tree it's growing on it's the purple crust fungi - Peniophora it is on the photo above, so the yellow brain is a parasite on a parasite.


Yellow Brain - Tremella mesenterica
Crinkle Crust - Phlebia radiata in it's early stages

Two views of the Big Lodge


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saturday 13 December

Frost this morning after all the rain, we did our walk calling at the tree



Father Christmas looked very seasonal

These are all taken around Primrose Hill






What a difference a day makes Slippery Log back to normal
I am stood on Slippery Log (or would have been had it still been here) looking at Primrose Field

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