Life among the dead.


I spotted this Jay in a city centre cemetery in Southampton I have added a link to an older post of a Jay.




Air operations WW2.


A trip to Heathrow airport gave us some time to sightsee before meeting our eldest son returning from America. On Cooper’s Hill in Runnymede, Surrey, overlooking the river Thames is Runnymede War Memorial, it is also known as the Air Forces Memorial. The memorial commemorates more than 20,000 airmen and women who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe who have no known grave. You can see Heathrow airport in the distance and it seems quite fitting that modern planes fly over the memorial.


There are lots of boat trips running on this part of the River Thames at Runnymede including trips to Windsor and Hampton Court.


A home.


Bateman’s is the name of a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex. It was the home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936. Kipling’s widow bequeathed the house to the National Trust on her death in 1939. We visited today after a detour and road closure coming home from Gatwick.




A Dorset overnight stay.


Lord Milton the owner of Milton Abbey (now a school) was unhappy with the view from his property the village of Middleton was disturbing his view. In 1780 he commissioned Sir William Chambers architect and Landscape gardener Capability Brown who had worked on the Abbey and its grounds to create a new village Milton Abbas in a wooded valley southeast of his Abbey. Many of the existing villagers of Middleton were relocated to the new village, Middleton was demolished and its site was landscaped.


36 almost identical cottages were intended to house two families each. The form the main street of the village which apart from the car outside look almost as they did when they were 1st built.


Close to Milton Abbas is another village, Cerne Abbas. Above the village carved on the chalk, hillside stands a 180-foot male figure it is the outline of a standing nude man with an erection and holding a club, his outline is dug into the turf and backfilled with chalk rubble. Today he is a scheduled monument and the site is owned by the National Trust. The giants origin and age is unclear. Although often thought of as an ancient construction, though the earliest mention of him dates to the late 17th century.




The reason for our Dorset trip was to badger watch and we found on line a booked a slot they were really helpful and allowed us to stay in their car park overnight in our campervan. We waited for about 4 hours in a hide before seeing 2 Badgers. (worth the wait) We also saw a herd of deer crossing the field and a Tawny owl. In the fading light, I managed to capture some acceptable Badger pictures. The sad thing was on Wednesday night we saw 2 living Badgers but we saw another 3 dead on the road on Thursday driving home.



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Next, to where we parked at the farm, a bee swarm landed which made an irresistible photo call.