Determined I was, to go for a walk. Been sat in FS for several days and was in danger of becoming a couch potato. Leaving Ian to get on with boaty jobs I followed the path to the Willen North Lake nature reserve. Bit overcast at first and hoped the rain would stay away but I was not that lucky. Having walked about a mile I came to a bird hide overlooking the lake. Just got in when the heavens opened and boy was I glad to be in the dry. For nearly an hour the rain continued but what a great view of the lake. Lots of photos taken as usual and most on the wildlife blog if you fancy a look.
The sun did put in an appearance eventually which made the Lapwings take to the skies.
|Lapwings in flight|
With that now sorted we awaited Jules on the diesel boat to arrive. Ian had phoned her last week to see when next she was in the area. After thinking maybe she couldn't make it after all as time was now getting on, it was lovely to hear the sound of the engine as the breasted pair come round the bend. Quite a few boats were serviced before it was our turn. Lovely to see her doing so well and at 67p Ltr is very reasonably priced. Good to have these working boats on the cut and a massive benefit to one and all.
|Towcester and Bideford breasted.|
|Jules's woofit was waiting for her dinner which Julia said was now very very late.|
|This boat squeezed past us and then went into reverse,|
|They had a problem with the engine and Richard had just the thing!|
Must just say a big thank you to Paula and Debbie for trying to identify the plant. It's either a Marsh Woundwort (thanks Debbie) or a wild Hyacinthus Orientalis (thanks Paula) could be either. Jennie, I would really appreciate you asking your son about the Moth. Have never seen anything like it and would love to know. Oh and Widebeam Double Kiss. Somehow I deleted your comment by mistake so will nip over to see you tomorrow.
So to today's poor attempt at spotting the wildlife.
|This Crow is in need of a bit of preening.|