As the 50mph winds were back we decided to go somewhere a little more sheltered for the morning, then we'd brave the beach later when it was a bit warmer. We headed off to Staunton Country Park for a look around their gardens, maze and children's farm. We were going to get there before it opened, so stopped off at the Oysterbeds again for 10 minutes. It was absolutely freezing in the wind, so we didn't stay long, but managed to see an oystercatcher, a curlew and what I think is a shelduck. I took some very shaky photos, mainly because the wind was blowing me sideways!
|Curlew - a very handy beak for poking into the mud, but you'd think|
it'd get in the way the rest of the time!
|Feeding one of the alpacas|
|6 day old piglets|
|Feeding the sheep was a lot of fun|
|The walled garden and greenhouses|
|The honey bees had found their way into the greenhouses|
|A lovely old lily house - no lily pads yet, but I liked the way the roof |
structure reflected in the water
|A stunning magnolia hung over the wall|
|Playing nicely (for once!)|
The lack of rock pooling on the island had been causing Bug Mad Girl a bit of angst, so after lunch we decided to make the most of the low tide and see if any rocks were exposed. When we got there, a long, thin strip of sand was showing ... only the seagulls could get to it, so BMG couldn't resist trying to reach it...
|A secret island had appeared in the sea|
|The seagulls were enjoying it out there|
|How to get to the island ... what's a girl to do?|
|Take your shoes off, roll your trousers up and wade out to it of course!|
|Bug Mad Island was claimed - unable to walk on the stones, |
she ended up coming straight back though!
|Limpets and barnacles|
|BMG found a fossil - the rock was too big to fit in my pocket though!|
|Thick oyster shells that seem to be made up of flaky layers. |
I wonder if these are fossilized shells?
|More lovely shells for our collection|
|Pullet carpet shell|
|There has been quite a lot of this washed up on the beach. It looks like |
seaweed, but is actually hornwrack, which is a type of bryozoan, which is a
colony of thousands of tiny animals
|Look closely and it looks like a piece of material|