Sunday, 21 October 2018

St Wilfrid's Church, Alford, Lincolnshire

Saturday afternoon, though still cool, the Sun decided to shine on the righteous. I wanted to visit the Alford charity shop which supports Fen Bank Greyhound Sanctuary. That is the rescue centre where I found Penny six years ago. I knew she would jump at the chance of a car journey and visiting somewhere different to investigate so in no time she was sprawled out on the back seat of the car and we were on our way.

Once we were parked up near the town centre I had a pleasant surprise.
The first hour's parking was free.
Just enter the car registration number and hit the green button on the ticket machine.

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First task was to walk out the back of the car park which leads to a country lane. That gave madam a chance to have a good stiff at every tuft of grass and do whatever else she needed before we walked into the market square. As we ambled back past the shops I saw the charity shop was busy so I decided to have a look round the outside of the parish church.

This is the second church built on the site, the first being constructed of wood.
At least part of the present building is said to date back to 1289.

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On previous visits, mainly in the Summer time, I have seen people abseiling down the tower, usually to raise money for charity. This time all was quiet apart from the traffic which passes the church on the way to and from Mablethorpe on the Lincolnshire coast.

Once we had found a gap in the traffic we dashed across to the church where we could relax and take our time.
I had not walked round the church before and there was plenty to look at.

First the base of the tower and its entrance door

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Once round the back, the North side, I could see the roof edge was lined with well weathered gargoyles.

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One thing I did notice was that most of the arches over the doors and windows were terminated with carved heads. A couple of composite pictures made with the Mac App Photo Wrangler to show closer views of the carvings.

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Just look at those magnificent hinges.

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A clearer view of one

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Nearing the East end of the church a glance heavenwards showed the pinnacles which top the tower.

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Moving round to the front of the church one can see the very prominent war memorial.

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There are several grave cover stones in this area.
One which caught my interest (complete with patient greyhound shadow).

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An enhanced view of the inscription.

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That led us to the main entrance.

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After this quick tour round the exterior of

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we walked back to the market square and visited the charity shop. I achieved my purpose - to buy a pack of Christmas cards which have been specially designed for Fen Bank Greyhound Sanctuary. The four legged boss fell in love with the lady who had the tin of dog biscuits kept to reward doggy visitors. Then it was time to return to the car and journey home.


Friday, 19 October 2018

The Gathering of the Clan

I had nipped out to visit our local garden centre as I needed to replenish some items in my bird food stock; fat balls and peanuts. Now the temperature on many mornings starts in single figures some of my local visitors are returning. Also I had a £10 discount voucher so their exorbitant prices looked a bit more normal. It always pays to have a long hard scout round the bird food section. Prominent were piles of tubs with 50 fat balls at a certain price. Tucked away on a bottom shelf was the same item except they contained 60 for the same price. One guess which I took home!

While I was having a wander round some of the displays of Winter bedding plants what should I spy?
A gathering of Starlings on the overhead power lines.

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As well as our resident flocks there are those which migrate to and from Northern European countries. Not sure which these were or which way they might be heading. Not in the direction of my bird feeders I hope.


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

Monday Montage

Last week's WidsMob Montage modified photo was

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Well done Adrian, The Weaver, Ragged Robin and Wilma who could all could see it was

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a broken eggshell.
I found this in the middle of the garden. It appears to me to be the remains of a Woodpigeon egg. Whether it was discarded after the chick hatched or was stolen by a Magpie I can't tell.

This week's montage is

Montage 43

what?

If you would like to make a guess please leave your answer in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the original photo, next Monday.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Saturday's Sunrise

We were out and about at just the right moment yesterday morning.
Glorious Sunrise

Looking South from my front gate
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Looking East back down the lane
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Looking East across the school grounds
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It was the usual battle of wills.
The four legged boss wanting to examine and analyse every enticing scent.
Me wanting to reach the ideal place for that final photo before the event was over.
You will only need one guess as to which of us won this time.

Took my mind off it being Flu jab day at the local surgery.
No problems with the actual injection but I know that area of me is usually sore for several days afterwards. The session started at 8.30 a.m.. There was already  a queue of about 30 people when the doors opened. It pays to be early as I was informed they ran out of vaccine a couple of weeks ago when they had a session at their other surgery on the coast. As these are walk in sessions it is difficult for the staff to accurately estimate how many of those eligible for a free flu vaccination will actually turn up on the day.

Saturday was another exceptionally warm day for the time of year.
My weather station recorded 24.8C by mid-afternoon.
Dry but very blustery. Maximum gust recorded was 52km/h

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Multicoloured Breakfast Time

I was up and about earlier than usual yesterday. The idea was to get the early morning walkies over before any rain arrived. I was tucking in to my individual pot of peach chunks in juice and watching the Sunrise through the kitchen window. Just as some of the clouds were starting to take on an orange hue I  noticed the rainbow.

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It seems many months, if not a couple of years, since I last saw one and I don't think I have ever seen one so early in the day. A cheerful start to what was forecast to be a wet and windy day. Fortunately it wasn't very wet here. Just the occasional light shower but we had plenty of gusty wind.

Friday, 12 October 2018

2500 Today

Yes, that is how old I feel some days but it actually refers to this being my 2500th blog post since I took a deep breath and started out in Blogger Land, January 2009. I knew not whether anyone would look at and read what I had to say and show. It has been a very pleasant experience and pass-time and I am eternally grateful for those who have visited and for those who leave comments.

One of the photos from that first post was of this juvenile Great Tit enjoying a peanut

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I think one of my favourites of those early photos is this Rook balancing on the thinnest of twigs

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I used to see my favourites much more frequently back then
Long-tailed Tits

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My constant companion was Bobby the Lurcher

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Enough of looking back. What of the future? One thing is for sure, I will keep blogging so you readers will have to put up with my wittering for a few more years yet. What has amazed me is the variety of places where my visitors reside. According to 'Flag Counter' they have come from 159 different countries. It just shows how the internet has no bounds or barriers, apart from a few political ones.

This past year or so there has been little variety and numbers of wildlife visiting my garden. That has been partly due to the tidying up and general clearance of overgrown bushes and trees nearby but as new plants grow and flourish I look forward to seeing and photographing more visitors.

Of course, blogging works in both directions giving an opportunity to find interesting and informative blogs from all corners of the world.


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