1. Far from the Madding Crowd
A trip to the cinema with slightly reluctant daughter last Sunday to see the latest film version of one of my favourite classic novels. We both enjoyed it. I loved Carey Mulligan's performance as Bathsheba in this new one but preferred Alan Bates as Gabriel Oak in the 1967 version.
2. RSPB Burton Mere - The Bluebell Wood
I'm still determined to do something with my day off other than catch up with chores and school work so on Wednesday, a beautiful sunny morning, I went on a trip with my neighbour to Burton Mere where there is a bluebell wood and a Bird Sanctuary. It's 15 minutes away yet, incredbily, we have never been there before - mostly because dogs aren't allowed. A brilliant place - the bluebells were spectacular. Forgot my camera but did take a phone photo.
3. Bird Watching
At Burton Mere a helpful RSPB employee helped us use their telescope to see some rare birds including an avocet, that's the one on the RSPB logo, and and its cute chick with a little curved beak.
Then we went for a walk along the Dee Estuary and saw more birds in the high trees, larger ones: herons and egrets. My neighbour took photos and promised to send me some so I will add when I get them. At home, the woodpecker has been visiting our nutfeeder this week too. I love watching the drama from the kitchen window. He's a bit of a bully and chases away all the bluetits.
4. May Meadows
We are lucky in our village to have a dog walking field, left uncultivated by the owner who lets the grass and weeds grow untouched, just cutting it once a year, and allows dog walkers to use it. At present it is beautiful - cow parsley, buttercups, dandelions, and a pale lilac flower which is apparently called a cuckoo flower or a milkmaid here in Cheshire where it is is the county flower, according to this website.
5. Proud Parent
Last week my daughter was made a prefect at school. As she's prone to bending rules about uniform etc.., we weren't sure she'd be considered. Her classmates were able to vote as well as teachers though so that may have tipped the balance.
So those are the good bits from an otherwise not much fun week. Now will see if I can manage to link...