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Spot the Squirrel !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 19 Aug 2022, 23:25

Squirrel  runs across car park

Squirrel hiding behind plant

Squirrel hides near plants

A goose

A black duck

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All creatures great and small!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 19 Aug 2022, 23:27

On the farm with lamb in arms

I found an old photograph of me, when we moved to this place.  We had visited a farm nearby where we first lived, and the farmer said that I could help to feed one of  the little lambs, and to give him a bottle. They were very young and wobbling on their legs. It was a very special moment for me, cradling this tiny little lamb.


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J'ai trouv√© une vieille photo de moi, quand nous avons d√©m√©nag√© √† cet endroit. Nous avions visit√© une ferme √† proximit√© o√Ļ nous vivions, et le fermier a dit que je pouvais aider √† nourrir l'un des petits agneaux et lui donner un biberon.


Les agneaux étaient très jeunes et vacillaient sur leurs pattes. Ce fut un moment très spécial pour moi de bercer ce tout petit agneau.

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Today along the footpath

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 26 Aug 2022, 17:00


A grey rabbit

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On our walk today, we saw a beautiful  little grey rabbit hiding in the shade. He came out briefly from his burrow, to look around him. He was disturbed by something, perhaps it was this noisy wood pigeon!

Translation
Lors de notre promenade aujourd'hui, nous avons vu un beau petit lapin gris se cacher à l'ombre. Il sortit brièvement de son terrier, pour regarder autour de lui. Il a été dérangé par quelque chose, C'était peut-être ce pigeon ramier grand et bruyant !

A wood pigeon


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Joyfulness of things- Victor Hugo

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 4 Aug 2022, 09:09


The tree is pretty among the flowers
They will compete to be the most beautiful
All spreading their colours
Even the ugliest has zeal !

The bouquet springs from the rock
The air kisses the light leaves
June laughs to see them in their Sunday best
The little people of the ferns.

We make the hay, soon the wheat.
The reaper sleeps under the young trees;
And all their  breaths are mixed
With the scent of fresh cut grass.

Who sings there? The Nightingale
The chrysalides are gone
The earthworm has taken flight
And threw off his garments into the nettles

The spider on the water makes circles;
O blue sky!  the shade is under the vine arbor,
the day trembles, and the gnats
come and whisper in your ear.

By Victor Hugo


The poem is entitled 'Laetitia Rerum'  meaning joyfulness of things (in Latin).

(I have translated this poem from french into english)

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A walk outside in the fresh air and sunshine

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 24 Sept 2023, 21:30

Today I have done the shopping and cleaned all the downstairs rooms. Tomorrow I will clean upstairs.
I read my book of french poems, some are lovely, childish,  but some are very deep. It is all about nature, which I love,  some are about life in general. As always I needed my dictionary.


Aujourd'hui, j'ai fait toutes les t√Ęches quotidiennes, comme les courses et le nettoyage de toutes les pi√®ces du rez-de-chauss√©e. Demain, je nettoierai les chambres du haut.
J'ai aussi lu mon livre de poèmes français, certains sont beaux, enfantins, mais certains sont très profonds. Ils parlent de la nature, que j'aime, certaines concernent la vie en général. Comme toujours j'avais besoin de mon dictionnaire français.
Je dois sortir aujourd'hui car il fait trop chaud chez moi !
je ne peut pas aller trop loin jusqu'au parc et contourner le sentier. Ce sera juste ok pour aujourd'hui.


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Be kind to each other

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 4 Aug 2022, 09:20

A Quote about kindness

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A Sunday watching the Swans

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 9 Aug 2022, 09:24

White Swan on the Water

Watching Swans and cygnets gives you a sense of peace and contentment. The parent swans cooperating together, in caring for their youngsters and the bond of kindness between the Swans.


Regarder les cygnes et les cygnets  donne un sentiment de paix et de contentement. Les cynes parents coopèrent ensemble, en prenant soin de leurs enfants et le lien de bienveillance entre eux tous. nous pouvons apprendre quelque chose des cygnes.

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A picnic by the lake

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 16 Aug 2022, 16:37

A lake

Today we took a picnic with us and sat by the reservoir. It was quite fresh and breezy here but warm too. There were no ducks or swans on the water today, like there is sometimes, but they may be some ducks on the  island or the far shore hiding near the bank. 

We had to walk through one wheat field to get here, the wheat has just been gathered in now this week, there is also a  wood quite nearby. I don't think we will go any further today, because it is too hot and it is so lovely just sitting here resting, paddling our feet in the water. 

However, I wouldn't put myself right into the water for a swim, because it is too deep and freezing cold in the middle,  so you will quickly have a heart attack!  Dangerous undercurrents too! That's why many young people have died this year.

It is pretty to just look around and see some wild life,  like the birds, butterflies, bees and the flowers. I brought my binoculars and camera just in case the swans turn up! If the weather stays fine, we might come back again tomorrow.

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A Song thrush

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 5 Aug 2022, 05:09


A song thrush

A song thrush Wikipedia

While standing in a wood, field or forest, you can sometimes hear the most beautiful song of the song thush.


The song thrush (Turdus philomelos) is a thrush that breeds across the West Palearctic. It has brown upper-parts and black-spotted cream or buff underparts and has three recognised subspecies. Its distinctive song, which has repeated musical phrases, has frequently been referred to in poetry. 

Wikipedia

How rare is a song thrush?

The song thrush used to be a very common bird in the UK. In fact, in the early 20th century it was more abundant than the blackbird. However, since the 1940s, blackbirds have flourished, making them a more familiar bird these days. Between 1970 and 2010, the UK song thrush population declined by 54 per cent.30 Jul 2014

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A skylark

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 30 July 2022, 00:12

A sky lark

Skylark with Caterpillar Wikipedia

When out walking in the countryside, one can sometimes hear one of the most beautiful song birds ever,  If you are lucky, as they are fast disappearing.

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The skylark It is a bird of open farmland and heath, known for the song of the male, which is delivered in hovering flight from heights of 50 to 100 metres (160 to 330 ft). The sexes are alike. It is streaked greyish-brown above and on the breast and has a buff-white belly. Wikipedia

It has a long uninterrupted song while hovering in one spot which is beautiful to listen to.

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A Magpie

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 31 July 2022, 14:56

A magpie

Magpie Wikipedia

This morning I was taking my usual walk in the park, when I spotted one of these enormous black and white birds with a very long black tail. 

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Magpies are birds of the Corvidae family. Like other members of their family, they are widely considered to be intelligent creatures. The Eurasian magpie, for instance, is thought to rank among the world's most intelligent creatures, and is one of the few non-mammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror test. Wikipedia

A Magpie

A Magpie in my garden

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Reading another book in French

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 29 July 2022, 17:22

ūüďöūüďĖ
I am reading another book in french entitled  'une livre de chanson française' by Bernard Minssen.
It is a collection of poems by various French authors including Victor Hugo, Verlaine, Maupassant, Béranger, Rimbaud amongst others. There is a short explanation of some of the vocabulary, at the back of the book in English, so this is helpful, although I still have to look up some unfamiliar words in the dictionary.

Translation

ūüďöūüďĖ
Je suis en train de lire un autre livre en français intitulé            

'Un livre de chanson française'    par Bernard Minssen.
C'est un recueil de poèmes de divers auteurs français
dont Victor Hugo, Verlaine, Maupassant, Béranger, Rimbaud entre autres. Il y a une courte explication d'une partie du vocabulaire, à la fin du livre en anglais, donc c'est utile,
mais je dois encore chercher des mots inconnus dans le dictionnaire.

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Un Merle

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 24 Aug 2022, 17:31
Un Merle chante fort dans le cimeti√®re.Je me demande s'il va bient√īt pleuvoir ?

A blackbird in the cemetery

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Where are the Sparrows?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 16 Aug 2022, 15:53



A sparrow

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Sparrows

À Paris, les trois quarts des moineaux ont disparu en 15 ans. Le constat alarme écologistes et scientifiques. Londres, Amsterdam ou Hambourg connaissent le même scénario. Aujourd’hui, le mystère est entier, malgré les recherches des spécialistes. 
(France24)

3/4  of  Sparrow population in Paris have disappeared over 15years and scientists are trying to solve this unexplained mystery.

Ici, Ou j'habite, il y a beaucoup de moineux. Il font leur nids dans les  haies. 

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Wonderful Wagtails

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 30 July 2022, 12:15


Wagtails are a group of passerine birds that form the genus Motacilla in the family Motacillidae. The forest wagtail belongs to the monotypic genus Dendronanthus which is closely related to Motacilla and sometimes included therein. The common name and genus names are derived from their characteristic tail pumping behaviour. Together with the pipits and longclaws they form the family Motacillidae.

Wagtails
White-browed wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis)Scientific classification

Kingdom:AnimaliaPhylum:ChordataClass:AvesOrder:PasseriformesFamily:MotacillidaeGenus:Motacilla
Linnaeus, 1758Type speciesMotacilla alba

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A Wagtail

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A wagtail waits!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 29 July 2022, 16:36

A wagtail

This morning as I took my walk around my usual route, up to the park. I spotted a wagtail, I love these lovely little birds with their little wagging tails, black and white bodies and bright eyes. Unfortunately they always manage to fly off, but this time I caught a snapshot of one, waiting to cross the road!

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Following a Footpath under the Trees

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 11:55

A gate leading to footpath under trees

Following the footpath. The footpath has now been cleared and is nice and tidy!

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Following the footpath

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sept 2022, 14:34

This morning It was much cooler today than it was yesterday. I finished my french book Destins by Francois Mauriac. It was a very good book and I am glad I read it.  I will start another book again tomorrow, from my little collection of French books from the city charity shop.

This afternoon after reading, I went walking up to the park again, I did 2 laps around the park, only a few people (a family) was sitting in the middle of the playing field.

 I began walking at quite a brisk walking pace!  starting at the pavilion I usually go walking right around the perimeter, then finish up back  at the picnic area, beneath the trees. From here I left the park and I walked the footpath, towards Cemetery lane and past the Cemetery. I followed the path along past a farm that has some noisy clucking chickens, that were running around freely!

 I turned here and followed the footpath just a short one, through a wood, then carried straight on, walking through what is usually a lovely meadow of wild flowers. However, they didn't look very good today, but looked rather dry and wilted, as we have not had any significant rainfall here this year, only the odd shower, lasting only a few minutes. The weather has been dry and hot. I truly believe that this has been one of the hottest summers I have ever experienced in this country!

After crossing the meadow, I came to a footpath through the field, this leads to the reservoir or the lake as we (romantically) like to call it!! On the lake is a family of ducks and some moor hens. I walked the whole length of the lake. The water level had receded a bit, but there was still sufficient water in there. The crops are growing well and so far they haven't used the sprinklers on the field yet-  but they may change later? I walked one time around the lake. 

I like it here at this time of the year, when there are plenty of dragonflies and damsel flies to be seen flying around, also lots of birds in the hedgerows. They are eating the bramble berries and other fruits that have fallen down,  like the little plums and crab apples.  I saw a lark just hovering high overhead in the air, over the wheat field,  it was lovely to hear her singing loud and clearly.

 I continued walking back towards the barn, and to the footpath that leads back to the other side of park, on the abandoned footpath. The footpath has actually been cleared now and it was lovely and tidy to walk along.

This footpath leads around the park and back onto a a leafy lane of beautifuul fragrant Lime trees, they hang down very low over the path, so that you feel protected from the heat of the sun, there were plenty of bees on their flowers. A rabbit quickly scampered past, and hopped under a hedge,  Oops, I think I might  have disturbed him!   I then took the path past the nursing home and the short cut leading to the footpath at back of my house. I needed  a nice cup of tea after that walk!

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Summer time - in my park

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 2 Aug 2022, 18:24

A playing field

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'Destins'

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 12 Aug 2022, 23:32

A cooler day today.  I have been reading the rest of my current french book by Francois Mauriac 'Destins', it has been quite an interesting story and I managed to persist with it. The language was of very good quality and it was well written. The moral of the story was clear, and after much sadness, all went well in the end for those who were left behind.
The story of two young boys and how their lives had taken different paths. It is also about the people involved with looking after them, their family, friends and neighbours.

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La chaleur du soleil pendant l'été

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sept 2022, 14:26


Je suis toujours en train de lire mon roman en fran√ßais.'Destins ' par Fran√ßois Mauriac.¬†je suis assise √† l'√īmbre, Il y a une bonne brise qui souffle, il ne fait pas aussi chaud comme il y a quelques jours, comme lorsque nous avons eu la canicule , mais il fait encore tr√®s chaud!¬†


Autour de moi, je peux entendre les sons des gens qui vivent leur vie.
C'est assez calme à la maison de repos derrière chez moi.
Pendant la pand√©mie de covid 19, beaucoup de gens l√†-bas, ont contract√© le virus. De temps en temps, j'entends des soignants s'appeler ¬ęau revoir¬Ľ les uns les autres, alors qu'ils quittent leur temps de travail.

A c√īt√© de nous vit un vieux monsieur, il se prom√®ne tr√®s tranquillement dans sa cuisine,¬† sa porte est ouverte de son bungalow, il fait une tasse de th√©, je l'entends remplir sa bouilloire et secouer les tasses et les soucoupes.

A c√īt√© de lui se trouve une jeune famille avec des enfants, qui jouent dans leur pataugeoire, donc beaucoup d'√©claboussures et de rires venant de leur jardin !

Je décide d'aller au parc publique pour lire mon livre, car c'est généralement calme à cette heure. Il n'y a que quelques enfants dans l'aire de jeux, de nombreuses familles sont déjà allées à la plage.

Nous nous emmenons un petit panier pique-nique avec nous au parc. Nous avons beaucoup de sandwichs avec nous, du fromage √† la cr√®me,¬† et du saumon, ainsi que des sandwichs √† la p√Ęte de champignons et aux herbes,¬†et des sandwichs √† la salade . Il y a aussi des petits cubes de fromage que nous avons mang√©s avec des tranches de pomme, le dessert √©tait
un petit pot de fraises avec de la cr√®me fra√ģche.

Nous avons trouvé un endroit parfait sous de grands tilleuls odorants, là,  nous avons placé une couverture douce sur le sol.

C'est  un bel après-midi, assis à l'ombre, regardant les oiseaux voler pour manger les miettes, les papillons brillants et les beaux bourdons visitant le jardin des fleurs sauvages, qui se trouvait juste derrière nous.

Je lis une autre page de mon livre,¬† et sirote ma limonade. Il sera bient√īt l'heure de rentrer √† la maison, mais d'abord une longue marche lente autour du parc public. Quel super "s√©jour- vacance" nous avons eu!

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Bird in the shade

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Bird on branch

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A Beautiful Afternoon In the park

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 23 July 2022, 22:22

Under the trees in the park

Picnic area under the shade of the lime trees.

Empty Playing area with swings

Play area and pavillion

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Reading in the park

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 17 Nov 2023, 03:49

I  read my french novel 'Destins ' by Francois Mauriac.
I am sitting in the shade in my garden,  where there is a slight cool breeze,  it is not as hot as the heatwave of last week, but still very warm.

All around me, I can hear the sounds of people living their lives. It is fairly quiet at the nursing home behind us. During the pandemic a lot of people caught the Covid19 virus. Occasionally the care staff call out "goodbye"  to each other, as they go off after their shifts. 

On the right hand side, is a small allotment, then the church yard and  the vicarage.

To the left hand side of us lives an elderly gentleman very quietly moving about in his kitchen of his bungalow,  making himself a cup of tea. 

Next to him is a young family with children, who are playing in their paddling pool, so lots of loud splashing and happy laughter coming from their garden!

I decide to go with my young son  to the park because it is usually fairly quiet at this time of day. So I can sit and read my book in peace.  There are only a handful of children in the play area, as many families have already gone to the nearby beach. We have taken a small picnic basket with us to the park with a flask of tea as well as some cold drinks.

We have plenty of sandwiches with us,¬† cream cheese and salmon,¬† mushroom p√Ęte and herb p√Ęte,¬† and some salad sandwiches too. Little cubes of cheese which we eat with slices of apple. For the dessert,¬† it is a little pot of strawberries with a pot of fresh cream.

Now to find a perfect spot for our picnic. Just beneath a fragrant sweet smelling lime tree would be perfect, there we place a soft blanket on the ground. It is a lovely afternoon, sitting in the shade of the lime  trees, watching the birds flying down to pick up the crumbs, brightly coloured fluttering butterfles and beautiful bumblebees, they are visiting the wild flower area just behind us. 

After eating our picnic I open my book and  read another page,  as I sip my lemonade. Soon we will have to head off back home, but first we will have a long slow stroll around the park. What a great staycation we have had!

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Yellow grass !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 22 July 2022, 21:46

Yellow grass after the heat wave

After the heat wave the grass is turning yellow in the park. It is a sorry sight for the gardeners.

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