Friday, 22 July 2016

Five on Friday - Day Out

Hello, Friday has come round quickly this week and I am joining up with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday.

This is not the Five on Friday post I intended this week. A friend and I were planning to have a day out at Stowe Gardens on Wednesday. Stowe was originally owned by the Temple family who were very influential in British political life during the 18th Century. It was during this time that the magnificent garden landscapes we see today were shaped. Stowe House is currently an Independent School and the gardens are owned by the National Trust and open to the public. It was photos of this wonderful landscaped and unique Temples and Follies that I planned to share. 

When you care for someone, plans can easily go array. It may have been the sudden heat we have been experiencing this week in the UK but the love one I care for was not feeling very well. Not ill but I felt it was best to stay in close range on Wednesday. So instead of sweeping landscapes, a wonderful lake and historic temples it was a quick walk round our local lake!  

Here are a few pictures of the things we saw, not quite as interesting and not really five but an enjoyable stroll none-the-less. They were taken with my phone camera as I foolishly forgot to put the camera in my bag.

1.Furzton Lake (North side)


It was a very warm, overcast morning and the lake looked tranquil. A good place to unwind and enjoy some fresh air.

2. Heron


The heron in the reeds was very successful and enjoyed a great mid-morning snack. We were amazed at how many small fish he caught in the short time we watched him.

3. Iris


The yellow iris had almost finished flowering but these two brought a flash of colour in the reeds. 

4. Canada Geese


Canadian Geese migrate to the area every Spring and spend the Summer on the lake rearing their young. Their behaviour intrigued us as suddenly, a large flock flew down the length of the lake closely skimming over the water. They came to a water-ski landing close to where we were standing. The way they land on the water always makes me smile no matter how many times I see them do this. The noise is great too as the water swooshes into mini bow waves.


Then they sorted themselves into a line with the front goose honking loudly and set off paddling back to where they had come from.


More and more joined the line just like a goose conga dance paddle.
(I don't think the two in the foreground wanted to play as they steadfastly ignored the conga line and remained where they were as the others disappeared!)

5. Furzton Lake (South side)

We walked on a little further before turning for home. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying the outdoors: fishermen and model boat enthusiasts, mums and children, cyclists, joggers and runners. It may not have been the day we planned but it was a pleasurable morning just the same. 




24 comments:

  1. It certainly turned out to be a lovely day. It was lovely to see the Canadian geese. Hope your loved one is feeling better.

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    1. It was a very relaxing morning and the geese certainly entertained us. Have a good week.

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  2. Despite the change of plan you surely found a lovely place to walk with your friend. Love the idea of the geese doing the conga!

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    1. It is a lovely place and we are so lucky to have such amenities close to home.

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  3. It looks like you had a lovely day out even if plans did go awry! The heat can make you feel icky. It's been so humid here if you move you get sweaty. Doesn't make you want to do too much!

    Have a great weekend. Lovely pictures!

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    1. We are not used to high temperatures here so it is a shock to the system when they do arrive. Things are better all round now it is cooling down.

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  4. Maybe not the gardens you thought you'd see, but lovely photos anyway. Hope your loved one is feeling better.

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    1. It has been cooler today so things are improving thank you. We can go to Stowe another day and I'm sure it will be just as good.

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  5. It's good you are able to be flexible and seem to take it in your stride Annie

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    1. We try to take each day as it comes - sometimes easier said than done!

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  6. Those birds are quite a sight coming in together in flight. wonderful!

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  7. Even though there was a change of plan it looks as if you have a beautiful stretch of water near where you live where you can take a relaxing walk.

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    1. We are very lucky to have such amenities close to home.

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  8. This looks such a beautiful place to visit. I loved the heron picture you shared. I've signed up follow your blog as I love seeing and learning about new places. Enjoy your day, Pat

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    1. Thank you Pat, I love seeing places across the world through blogs too. Makes me want to travel more!

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  9. Lovely photos of the geese and heron. How good to have them visiting every summer. We have Brent geese in this part of the world but that is in the winter months. Love the honking sound of geese :)

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    1. I like to hear the geese too, particularly as they arrive in Spring. They usually herald the start of better weather.

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  10. Thank you for sharing your walk with us. It looks like a lovely place to stroll around. Hope your loved one is feeling better. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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    1. The lake is lovely and is well used by lots of people who live nearby. My loved one is feeling much better now it is a bit cooler, thank you.

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  11. It looks more or less the same as Stowe!! I hope everyone is well and keeping cool - not easy at the moment.

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    1. Not quite the same rolling landscape but very pleasant just the same. No lovely cafe and gift shop either!

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