Kinver Edge & Rock Houses – Mini blog

Fabulous day out at Kinver Edge & Rockhouses started with a gorgeous blue sky and big fluffy white clouds.
This is just  a mini blog to wet your appetite to visit such an amazing National Trust property
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On trend at Nottingham vintage fair – published in The Guardian

February 14th 2014 was not only Valentines Day but also the day to discover another of my photographs selected into The Guardian, within the “Life & Style” section.
This photograph gained 2nd place (out of 7) causing lots of joy in our household.

Shot handheld with a slow 1/6 shutter I wanted to emphasise the flurry of activity as people perused the rails at the Nottingham Vintage Fair hoping to find their next vintage/retro bargain, perfect dress or latest trend.

The Guardian Trend copyDue to ranking in the top 3 it also gained publication into the weekend magazine.

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Ribbons and Lace

The ladies at Fabric Theatre and Honeysuckle & Castle worked their magic again today with gorgeous ribbons, drapes and lace at the Wedding Open Day within the Riding School at Calke Abbey. I popped in early for a sneak preview
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Snowdrops in springtime sunshine

High winds and rain had been a regular occurrence for what feels like several weeks. Upon awakening from a deep sleep, throwing back the curtains to reveal a bright sunny morning with little wind, it was definitely the kind of weather required to visit local woodland. I had heard the woodland had swathes of Snowdrops but had never visited so hoped it would live up to my expectations. Susan Guy Dimminsdale SnowdropStunning reflections, great views and majestic trees, this wood within the National Forest really is beautiful

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First glimpse of Snowdrops did not disappoint, I think I even gasped at their beauty.
The sunlight and early morning dew made the forest floor twinkle.
Susan Guy Dimminsdale snowdrop (2)I hope you enjoy just a few of the photographs I shot.
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I feel it was worth laying in the mud and getting the odd funny look from other walkers around the wood.
What do you think?

Birdwatching & cake at National Trust Calke Abbey

I don’t consider myself to be a Twitcher but I do enjoy birdwatching. The hide at National Trust Calke Abbey always has a good variety of birds that come onto the feeders and into the surrounding bushes & trees.

My first spot was this Great Spotted WoodpeckerDSC_5329 Woodpecker crop Susan GuyA white board in the hide lists recent birding sightings, Winter visitors the Brambling and Siskin had been seen although neither spotted for a couple of days so I wasn’t feeling very hopeful…..but then I saw one, a Brambling pecking around finding food on the floor with some Chaffinches.

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Fantastic selection….Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and a SISKIN although he had he back to the camera!DSC_5360 Siskin Goldfinch Blue Tit Susan Guy

Christmas card favourite, the Robin
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The cool February air blew around the viewing windows and after sitting still and watching for well over an hour, my chilly hands and feet needed warming up. A visit to the restaurant was defiantly a good idea for a delicious warming hot chocolate with Marshmellows and sprinkles, I couldn’t say no to a slice of Chocolate sponge!
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Feeling content and warm it was back to the bird hide for just a little longer before heading home. It was starting to get dusk and the feeders had seen so much activity during the day that they were almost empty.

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The mossy twig is obviously a good perch, here’s a Blue TitDSC_5428  Blue Tit extra crop Susan Guy

The Woodpecker and Siskin returned and this time the Siskin posed for my camera
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Just as I was leaving a Redpole (I think) and Nuthatch flew in.DSC_5370 5395 Susan Guy

These photos were all shot using a Nikon 200mm lens, I really would love at least a 300mm, thankfully the quality is great and you can zoom into the image alot without losing definition.

Can you spot the Woodpecker on the left photo? On the right is the same shot but cropped.
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