Thursday, March 15, 2018

Visiting the waterfowl of St James Park

my token bridge shot

It was a rocky start to my trip I arrived at the airport on a cold snowy day in March, part of the never ending winter we seemed to be having.  As soon I checked in I was told there was an earlier flight to Philadelphia and that I should take that flight in case the flight I had been booked on was cancelled. I headed to the plane and when I saw the long line at security I knew the chance of me getting on that flight was impossible. I decided to approach the TPA and  explain the situation and I was allowed to go through the quicker line and then I ran to the flight an heard my name being called. I jumped on board and headed to my seat only to find it taken by a flight attendant who was sitting in it and he handed me a different ticket and told me to sit in it. The flight attended who was working the flight would not let me sit in the seat was immediately told I could not sit there, she was quite rude about it and pointed out another another seat and said sit there. Once I was in Philadelphia I had a wait for the flight when I got on board it was quite empty and as a result I had an entire row to myself. Exhaustion had set in and after dinner with a glass of wine I stretched out across the empty seats and pretty much slept for over 4 hours.

Egyptian Goose and babies


too cute for words


following mom




I was lucky upon my arrival that my room was ready and I was able to check in and after a lay down of 45 minuets and  change of clothes I decided to take advantage of a bit sun and head out for a few hours. I decided to head to St James Park and was rewarded by seeing the Pelicans and also some baby Egyptian goose swimming with their parents I was in heaven. The weeping willows were starting to bloom I just love seeing them in the spring time. The big surprise was seeing this green bird up in a tree and I got closer and snapped a few shots found out there are feral parakeets in the park.


having a good chat

two headed 




one of the famous pelicans of St James Park




feral parakeet 






getting a bit nutty




black beauty







ah the beauty of weeping willows starting to bloom



crocus croaking

daffodils delight


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Another visit to the black and whites of Shrewsbury and Powis Castle



Another chance to visit Shrewsbury visiting my cousins and spending one night with them. They picked me up at the train and we had a some tea and a snack. We walked around town for a few hours as they know how much I love it there. I was close to Halloween so many windows were decorated I will let the photos tell the story. 









ghostly apparitions 













We took a trip into Wales which is very close to them and we made a visit to Powis Castle gardens. It is such a pretty place I love the beautiful yew trees that have been trimmed into beautiful shapes. I had to take the steps up so I could enjoy up close and my cousins took the shortcut, they go there quite often.  We then had a meal and I was happy to see they had lamb stew and it was yummy.

view from the garden

























smelling the chocolate flower yes it smelt like chocolate
























yummy lamb stew