Today Mummy, Daddy and I went on a National Trust trip to Upton House and Gardens for an Easter treat. When we arrived, we were met by Nanna M who was free to visit with us. Continue reading
The weather has finally got a bit warmer, so we ventured out to Hanbury Hall, a local National Trust property. Continue reading
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On our final full day in Madeira, we ventured to the coast and rode the cable cars up to Monte and then to the Bonatical Gardens, before returning down to the Funchal for a relaxing afternoon by the pool. Continue reading
Today we went on a private tour of the East of Madeira which included Wine Tasting! Continue reading
Today we took a boat tour to the Desertas islands. They are a collection of three uninhabbited islands 15 miles to the south east of Mederia. Continue reading
Today we took an all day 4×4 safari to the west of Maderia. As part of the trip, we swam in the natural swimming pools formed by lava formations. Continue reading
Today we went whale and dolphin spotting on a zodiac rib with a marine biologist. We saw bryde whales, common dolphins and sperm whales. Continue reading
Today we saw a fantastic sunrise over one of the mountains, and then headed off to the North side of the island to walk to the source of the ‘Levada do Rei’. In the evening we enjoyed a traditional meal with folklore. Continue reading
After an early 3am start to catch our flight from Birmingham Airport, we landed on Madeira ready for adventure. Continue reading
We had a fantastic day out on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for their annual Festival of Steam. Fantastic weather and lots of trains in full steam to enjoy. Continue reading
At last some good weather this year, so got in the car and 30 minutes later we were in the splendor of Charlecote Park.
Lots of deer around with them being tame enough to get close up photos. Continue reading
Whilst working in the garden I was continuously pestered by our favorite robin ‘Alfie’.
After 10 minutes of him chirping at me, I decided it was time to get the camera and give him some attention. Continue reading
Our last full day in Finland saw us head out with a team of Huskies. We had full control over our own sled and traveled over 10km with our team. We also visited the Ice Chapel that had been constructed for Chrsitmas. Cloud cover prevented the norhtern lights from beeing seen, but with an early start the next morning to get to the airport we were a little relieved. Continue reading
On Christmas morning we woke to find four inches of fresh snow so we went for a wander. We spent the afternoon hiking in the Luosto National Park. The use of snowshoes enabled us to explore more of the surrounding forest as we were able to trudge through deep snow. Once again we headed out after dinner with hope, and were duly rewarded with a fantastic show of dancing lights. Continue reading
We had the day to ourselves today as Christmas is celebrated on the 24th December in Finland. We spent the day sledging and walking, as well as attending a Christmas quiz and games evening in a nearby kota. Due to the light snow storms and heavy cloud cover, viewing the northern lights was tricky this evening. Continue reading
After breakfast we went for our usual walk around the lake and had some fun in the snow. We then travelled to an Amethyst mine by snowmobile and mined our own stones. The evening was spent under clear skies filled with dancing green lights. Continue reading
As we didn’t have organised activities until the evening, we spent the day exploring the surrounding areas. In the evening we went Aurora Hunting by snowmobile and got lucky as we saw the Northern Lights. After arrival back at the hotel we popped down to the frozen lake and got a few interesting shots of the Aurora Borealis behind the clouds. Continue reading
After a late night we spent the morning taking a gentle snowy stroll around a frozen lake. The afternoon was spent in the company of some wild reindeer. In the evening we walked to a wilderness kota where we had a traditional Lappish dinner cooked on an open fire. Heavy cloud cover prevented us from seeing the aurora borealis clearly but we could see green tinge in the clouds. Continue reading
After a 3am (GMT) wake up, a three and a half hour flight, a two hour bus ride and an hour of getting dressed appropriately to accomodate the freezing temperatures, we ventured out at midnight (UTC+2) and were delighted by the magnificent northern lights show in Luosto. Continue reading
Noeleene graduated with a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Reading on the 9th December 2016. Her graduation ceremony was presided over by the current Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell. Continue reading
Noeleene saw a flash of brown in the garden and shouted ‘Max look, get the camera!’ – we then spent the next 30 minutes watching this chap march up and down our garden. He even inspected the inside of our raised bed! Continue reading
We had our family and close friends round for a Christmas get together to celebrate the 2016 festive season. Noeleene’s homemade lemon drizzle cake and cinnamon shortbread went down a storm and everyone had a great time. Continue reading
Today we visited Dover’s Hill, a National Trust property in the Cotswolds, followed by Broadway Tower where we found some Red Deer Continue reading
These photos were taken on the 10th November 2016, by both of us, using a Nikon D3300 with a Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro lens. Continue reading
Continuing to practice with our new camera, Noeleene managed to get some impressive shots of Starlings fighting over nuts Continue reading
We attended the Bidford on Avon Bonfire night this year and enjoyed some great fireworks. This gave us a chance to continue testing with our new camera, as well as tuck into a lovely Hog Roast each! Continue reading
As we are headed to Finland this Christmas, we have bought a new camera as we would like to get some good shots of the Northern Lights. These pictures were taken with the Nikon D3300 using two different lenses.
Lens 1: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-P VR
Lens 2: Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro (Nikon AF) Continue reading
We decided to build a raised bed in our garden to grow some nice things. These phots show our hard weekends work! Continue reading
We visited Charclote Park in Warwickshire on July 2nd, 2016. It is a magnificent estate surrounded by a deer park where we made friends with some deer. Continue reading
On our way from Oban to Furnace via Lochgilphead during our holiday in Scotland, we stopped past the Arduaine gardens to see the views over the islands on the West coast of Scotland. Continue reading
On Sunday the 16th March we took a trip out to Cliveden as it was the first decent weekend of weather this year. Continue reading
On Monday the 16th September 2013, we visited the very tranquil Basildon Park in Berkshire, just outside of Pangbourne, as we were both off on Holiday and the weather was finally good enough to leave the house without being hidden under layers of waterproofs! Continue reading
We visited Greys Court on August 10th 2013. The House is surrounded entirley by a “Ha Ha” to keep the cattle out whilst they still appear to be in the garden. Continue reading
We visited The Vyne in Hampshire on Saturday 3rd August 2013. Continue reading
We have visited the Gardens at Crarae a number of times, and love wandering around the many paths that criss-cross the site of special scientific interest. Continue reading