Monthly Archives: October 2011

Amanitas on the Common

We were heading home after a trip to France and called in for a wander around Puttenham Common.  The area is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust and is an area of woodland, open grassland and some heath.  It was a … Continue reading

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Solar Celebration

Our photovoltaic panels have reached the milestone of 1000kWh of generation, it’s a little under 4 months since they were installed.  It’s a double celebration too as our electricity company has finally sorted out the registration for the feed-in-tariff so … Continue reading

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Autumn Flowers, Fruit, and the odd Fly

It was a very autumnal day today, sunny at times but it no longer gets high in the sky and areas in the shade stay damp and cool.  The blackberries are all but over but the elderberries are now purple … Continue reading

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Woolly extravaganza

On Friday Sally headed for the North Pennines Wool  annual event held at Lanehead, Weardale.  With a love of crochet and all things woolly this was the perfect way to spend the day.  I had promised to help Ruth, of … Continue reading

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Branton Nature Reserve

Duncan was at an official opening of a new nature reserve in Northumberland.  The site at Branton, near Powburn, is a former sand and gravel quarry owned and managed by Cemex (formerly RMC).  The company has done a good job … Continue reading

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Dark Dagger on the Carr

Whilst looking for paid work Sally is volunteering for Flexigraze and Northumberland Wildlife Trust.  For Flexigraze she has a commitment to check the livestock grazing on Prestwick Carr twice a week. There are 50 Scottish black-face and Swaledale wether lambs … Continue reading

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Chapel by the Aln

Across the Aln from Alnmouth in Northumberland is a small ruined chapel tucked under a small hill.  The mound is called Church Hill and is topped by a wooden cross and gives great views to the village in the North … Continue reading

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