Exercise – It’s a walk in the park

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Steering our way towards the local country park on a blue sky January morning gave us the first opportunity in ages for using the camera. Even a fair selection of birds came out to play.

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Here’s hoping the weather stays this clear for a few days. Happy new year to all our readers.

Behind the Camera 23

Bruton plus

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Finding photographic features in the back of beyond in rural Somerset is something Michael and I seem to do on a regular basis, this time we decided to visit the scenic site of Bruton; just over ten miles east of Yeovil. It has been proposed that this is the smallest town in England something hard to reckon seeing how much new build is happening. We started by climbing a small hill to a dovecote that overlooks most of Bruton’s central area, from here the resulting pictures show how it actually is. But first a closer look at the top of the tower.

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The comparative chunkiness of the stonework in the tower belies the true size of the buzzard watching over us.

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┬áTaking up a large percentage of the town is an independant 350 pupil school whose main buildings are nearly 600 years old, St Mary’s church shown in the next picture is of even greater age, building began almost a thousand years ago.

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As usual for our jaunts into the countryside we seem to just take any road that looks as if there could be something round the corner, this time it was another church; St Peter’ Redlynch.

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Seen below us on the same road a scene saying autumn is coming.

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Driving on for a few miles we decide to head home to escape the start of rain and its gloomy grey skies, but turning another corner we suddenly strike gold.

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The last picture shows off one of the grandest of folly’s that is just visible at the top of the hill.

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Lost lakes of the Levels

This is the first time the water level has dropped allowing full access to Muchelney since last November. The village is no longer an island with the course of the River Parrett and adjacent roads now properly visible.

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Yes the sun did shine and out came a little bunny to celebrate a chance to warm up, even the swans looked as if they were a bit hearty.

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Birds of a Feather

Once we had met and photographed the alpaca and friends it was time to concentrate on the chickens, a wide range of colours and fashioned feathers collected as a hobby by Nigel, a very helpful keeper allowing us unfettered access.

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Finishing with a final feathered flourish from the phantom of the cottera.

 

Behind the Camera 22 – 2

ALPACA REVISITED and MEETING SOME FRIENDS

This time the weather was dry and we have been allowed access to the field where they lived.

In a yard next to the field it was almost like a mini zoo, goats, rabbit and even a neighbours cat was overseeing the view. 22 -3 will have pictures of the resident birdlife.

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Hello my deers

This first set of deer pictures were taken from the roadside by Stock Gaylard House in Dorset, a cultivated herd often seen grazing.

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The second viewing of deer was seen on farmland by the road between Bradford Abbas and Yeovil, these have been seen a few times before but here they stood still for a while.

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Could be this last one is related to your kangaroos Lean?

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Hinton St Mary

In between the visits to Sturminster and Cutt mills we stopped at Hinton St Mary to enjoy a snack lunch while taking in an attractive landscape in North dorset. The local church of St Peters is over 500 years old and stands next to a manor house that used to be a nunnery. The avenue of trees is open to the public and even supplied a musical interlude with a resident thrush singing in a treetop above our chosen picnic spot. This proved to be another lucky day for finding places away from the crowds but well worth the effort.

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This last picture is a particular favourite that uses a low in the sky sun with great effect.