Saturday, 30 July 2011

A visit to the pond.

This afternoon as we drove home from errands in the city, the sun broke through the clouds bathing the world in gorgeous light. We dashed in at home, grabbed our cameras and took off into the New Forest to a beautiful pond which I visited earlier in the month with a friend.

Borneo was entranced and sat at the water's edge watching the ducks. The water lilies are starting to open. They are exquisite.

Here is a photograph of my favourite person in the whole world. I do manage to catch him in some interesting poses.

This beautiful blue butterfly graced us with its presence. It is one of the tiniest ones I have ever seen, a third of the size of a blade of grass.

The trees were lit in magical light

and the ducks were settling down for the night.

After some time we left the pond to stroll along the path into the woods. Last time I did not make it very far. I went quite a bit further today.

As we  walked away from the pond, the trees were reflected in the water in the late evening light. The colours were quite lovely.

I wonder what lives in this hole.

Coming out of the woods on the other side, the sun was disappearing behind the clouds once again, giving every cloud a silver lining.

The local wildlife were unperturbed by our passing and continued to munch their dinner and we went home for ours.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Rare Breeds Show in Singleton

Today we attended the Rare Breed show at the The Weald Open Air Museum in Singleton. The weather was interesting as there were dark clouds and they emptied at regular intervals dropping buckets of rain periodically.

We entered through the gates to see all the animals waiting to be judged.

There were beautiful goats. This one was named Gandalf. He is an African goat, very far from home.

These ones where just plain inquisitive.

There were lots of alpacas too. These ones are very wet as they were out in the rain.

We retired into the tent to avoid the rain and there were all kinds of delights awaiting us, handspun hand knits and felt garments.

There was a lady spinning on a great wheel. It was fascinating to leant about it.

This yarn is all dyed with natural dyes. I love the colours.

These were my favourite - sheep made with alpaca fleece,


and this was just the cutest little dog who tried very hard to lick my face.

We had to leave early because Borneo had to work this afternoon so we missed the judged items and the fleeces as this tent only opened after 1pm. All in all it was a lovely, if wet day out!