Tuesday, 31 March 2015

London Wetland Centre

Continuing my suggestions for places to visit in London, the other ideas are in the Trips section, how about the London Wetland Centre!  Looking at their website today, I see they are organising a Giant Easter Duck Hunt at the moment.

I visited in August and thoroughly enjoyed the trip which was again by train plus a lot of walking.  At the time, I felt the cafe's range of snacks could do with some improvement but there were lots of families tucking in.

Here are a few snaps:

The WWT is by the Thames in Barnes.

It's a haven for wildlife in London, birds have somewhere to drop in and refresh.

Otters skirmishing about  ...

. . . or having a snooze

There are loads of different birds to see in the various zones.

Wild flowers and grasses

Lillies on the pond








Indoor treats/learning for children


Gardening suggestions

Ideas to help out the insects

Lots for hides for the serious birdwatcher


Ecological ideas




Children's play areas

This is not real!!

Birds taking flight

Summer flowers
It's the sort of place that will be different every time you visit.  It must be just as spectacular in the winter with all the water frozen and the birds sliding about on top.

There are other Wetland Centres around the UK creating great habitats for our wildlife.

Hope you enjoyed your visit.  Nice of you to pop by.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Dartmouth

The Big Painting Challenge came to an end with the final shown yesterday.  The remaining four contestants battled it out in Dartmouth producing three works of art, the last piece being an oil painting of Dartmouth harbour

We had such a good holiday in Dartmouth, I just had to have a look back at the photos!  Here's a taster from 2010.


Dartmouth is in Devon on the western bank of the Dart estuary.  The colourful houses of Kingswear on the opposite side of the river can be easily reached by using one of three ferries.





There are plenty of restaurants and cafes which open early like Alf Resco above to cater for the sailing community and those who fancy a spot of toast.


There are some lovely walks around the hilly town with beautiful views and you can walk next to the river all the way to Dartmouth Castle and to the sea beyond.


 A longer walk from Kingswear will take you along the South West Coast Path to the National Trust property Coleton Fishacre which used to belong to the D'Oyly Carte family.  It has wonderful gardens practically down to the sea plus the Arts and Crafts house is fabulous.



Dartmouth Castle is owned by English Heritage and puts on plays over the summer in the grounds.  We enjoyed Macbeth.



Datmouth Naval College sits high over the town.



 There's a steam railway in Kingwear which takes you to Paignton.


You can walk or take a boat trip to Agatha Christie's house Greenway, now National Trust.





Wherever you look there are lovely views.


Back in the town, there are many winding narrow streets.  This is an old Church used by Dartmouth Apprentice training restaurant.  Sadly, I think they have had to close due to funding issues.



 So lots to do there or you can just sit in the sunshine and watch the boats sail in and out!  Time to go back again!


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Chillies

Here come the baby chillies!

Colourful packets of seeds



Recycled milk bottle cartons cleaned and ready for new plants

Chilli plants kept inside over the winter

Little chilli flowers already
Loads of seeds are now planted and in the airing cupboard to get them going.

The flowers are outside, taking their chances!


Wild roses from hedgerow hips

Chives
I'll let you know how they all get on.

Thanks for popping by. Have a good week. Not long till Easter and a few days off!