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Not "Swallows and Amazons" sed Swallows and Swifts et al


How lovely to see the swifts hurtling back and forth over the rooftops. We shall have to take a ride to Talkin Tarn for there we shall get a really wonderful sight of them all swooping over the water catching insects together with swallows and house martins – hundreds of them!! From the hides we watch them through our binoculars and it really is an awesome experience being so close to them. Fortunately there are convenient seats placed around the 1.13m, (1.8km) perimeter. These are mainly dedicated to those who cherished the Tarn during their life time and bear little plaques in memory of them.
I used to be able to walk for miles and regret that is no longer possible.

This morning Roy took a thank you card and a box of chocs down to the ladies in the charity shop who scraped him up off the road and dusted him down before the medics got to him on 19th. He was so pleased that they recognized him straight away and addressed him by his name. Fame at last! They were pleased he has made a good recovery. Earlier, while wearing my nurse’s cap, I redressed some of his wounds and after sterilizing a needle released some pus from his left palm which immediately brought relief. On the whole everything is healing well apart from the bruising to his chest that is still very painful. We feel so grateful it was not worse.

The frost yesterday morning had a spiteful attempt to damage our plants but today they appear to look quite recovered. I almost went out in the dark to cover them with fleece when I heard the late night weather forecast, but was prevented by Roy’s sound advice.

It is sunny here and a little warmer so I hope you are also enjoying some fine weather wherever you are.

I promised a photo of icicles on the River Gelt taken by my Grandson, Jesse and here it is followed by some wonderful pictures of snow bales he actually watched being formed by the wind blowing the snow along in the fields behind the Farm. – Spectacular!

Oh what a bind! The icicles photo cannot be accepted in its present form so I shall have to try later . I am determined you shall see it. Hope you like the others.

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Photos are stunning simplylyn! Hope Roy is on the mend!

4 May, 2010


Brilliant Photos by your Grandson.Is he professional? if not,he jolly well should be...he is so talented.Thanks for showing them,Lyn...

4 May, 2010


How fascinating, never seen snow bales before!
Husbands accident sounds horrid hope he is recovering well.

4 May, 2010


Great photo's Lyn, like the snow bales!

4 May, 2010


never heard of snow being formed by nature like that
thanks for the pics. well worth a print out

4 May, 2010


Stunning photographs Lyn, hope Roy is feeling better now, that was a nasty tumble he took.

4 May, 2010


Glad hubbie is on the mend - obviously due to your ministrations! As you love swifts, swallows and martins - you'd love it here! We have Martins building their little mud nests under the eaves of our house; a pair of Swallows have been on a "rekkie" looking at the beams on our balcony - yet to see any serious building; and when the gang of Swifts get going in high Summer they fly screaming around our house using it as a sort of "roundabout." We love them .... they seem to exist purely for the sheer fun of flying and screaming!

5 May, 2010


Breathtaking pictures Lyn, and its nice to hear that Roys recovery is such that he was able to show his appreciation to the charity shop ladies.

5 May, 2010


Many thanks to all for your kind comments. I wrote quite a lot just now about last month's mishaps and how May was much better plus the snow bales and then lost the lot when I looked for a photo to insert into next blog. Grrrrrrrrrrr!

As it is so late I have been summoned up to bed and cannot write it all again now so I shall postpone it until tomorrow.

Enjoy the weekend.

7 May, 2010


please take some pics of talkin tarn,funnily enough i was thinking of it today,used to live in carlisle and the kids loved it,as for the swifts and swallows when i see them i know the essence of summer is here and my heart leaps to see them fly over,and your pics are great to see,chris

10 May, 2010

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