Showing posts from March, 2011

Full Moon Rising

Like many other enthusiasts, after hearing that the moon was going to be at its fullest tonight, we decided to venture out and get some photos.  After waiting patiently (at home!!) for the moon to rise, we decide to go to Buster Hill, where light is scarce and you can see for miles.

The moon WAS SPECTACULAR!  Without a doubt, with the perfect weather, this was a sight to see.  The glowing orb was perfect as it hung in the sky.  Unfortunately, as we are in a naturally cold country, it was freezing, exactly 0 degrees.  Did we pack for this temperature?... NO.  No gloves, 2 layers of clothing and only our adrenaline to keep us warm.  And believe me, that was not enough!

After spending only 30 minutes taking photos (and watching an awesome, unexpected fireworks display!) we managed to get some great shots.  Matt and Kerry swapped lenses to ensure that we both had a chance at a close shot.  Man I wish we have 2 zoom lenses!

Farming Let Down

Not all excursion work out the way you hope!  Today we visited Manor Farm.  This is a working farm that Kerry has visited with her school students and we had always planned on visiting.  As a working farm, we figured it might be nice to visit in Spring to see the spring born animals!  Unfortunately that was not to happen today :-(

Upon arrival, and getting the boys very excited, we notice the carpark almost totally vacant.  There was only one other car.  As we got out of the car a lovely lady came over and told us the sad news...  'the park is only opened on Sundays from November to March.'  Darn it!  Today is Saturday!!

Not to totally lose an outing, we had a quick look around and found a walking path that went around the outside of the farm buildings.  This path took us past old buildings with thatched roofs, a duck pond and a grand, old church.  Storm particularly loved playing with the ducks and other dogs along the path.

Having seen as much as we could around the buildin…


With the sun finally shining today we decided it was time to stretch our legs in the country air.  Zane is away on a camp with Scouts so it was just Matt, Darian, Storm and myself for the day.  We headed off to one of our favourite country parks, Staunton, to take Storm for a walk first.

The swans are back and definitely in the mood for romance.  They were happy for us to be there, provided we kept our distance, quickly hissing at us when we got too close for their comfort.  Daffodils and crocus are coming into bloom so everywhere there is just a hint of colour, showing that Spring is certainly on its way.

After a lovely stroll around the country park we headed across the road to the farm.  As we walked through the entrance we were greeted with a beautiful peacock who clearly mistook me for a pea-hen.  I was wearing a grey coat and crouched down low to get a photo of him with his feathers still tucked in when, all of a sudden, he walked towards me and strutted his stuff.  He spread hi…