Finally. The weather warmed up (a bit) and we could get outside comfortably. Rain was slated for the afternoon so we got up and out for a nice walk Saturday morning.
The starting point was the (tiny) village of Flash. Flash is a little further west that we typically go in the Peak District so it was nice to hit a different area. It took about 50 minutes to get there and was a nice little drive. You could really tell you were climbing up on the drive.
|Flash's claim to fame|
|And we are off. Downhill first -- that's not really a good thing. What goes down and all.|
|Nice blue skies. Believe me, we don't take that for granted. Still a little crisp but warmer than it's been. I think it was 8-9C (upper 40's).|
|Our sheep friends -- we've missed you.|
|stumbled onto an alpaca farm as well|
|a nice little stream|
Always fun to walk around lambing season. I've heard the very cold spring has been hard on the lambs (and farmers) with not as many making it through. There was some pretty significant snowfall when the lambing season started.
|rolling hills and open countryside (and sheep) -- love it!|
|down one of the trails on our way to "Three Shire Heads" -- still some snow in the distance|
|rare family shot (as with the lead in picture) -- the bridge marks the junction of the three counties (shires) of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire|
|look at that snow that still kicking around|
|stone "clapper" bridge and the beginning of our ascent back up|
|nice view looking back|
|nicely done stile close to the starting point|
You might recall that last March I was able to take Nicole along for a 3-hr falconry experience (link). Well, it was Alex's turn this year so we returned to the Rosliston Forestry Centre for another visit. The weather was great with clear skies and temps in the low 60s but it was a bit windy for some of the birds so we did a portion inside.
|starting small with an American Kestrel|
|Alex, of course, thought it was a hoot that I got poo-ed on when it was my turn (supposed to be good luck, so they say)|
|and then a barn owl|
|and an eagle owl (getting heavier now!)|
|outside with a Harris Hawk (that flew to us)|
|happy times -- Alex really enjoyed himself (more so than he thought he would)|
|she's getting heavy too!|
|nice close-up when she was on my arm|
|Alex got to go first with the huge Golden Eagle|
|almost 10 lbs -- he needed some help (I had a go as well)|
|Peregrine Falcon on display|
I forget that Alex likes to just be a kid sometimes (shame on me), so we spent some time on the playground afterwards.
This and That
new recipe for the week -- back to good ole Jamie Oliver and his twist on the chicken caesar salad (good as always)
|Oh, yeah, someone had a birthday last week. The candles are blinding.|
Have a good week everyone.