Making the Most

It’s often said that us Brits are obsessed with the weather.  It’s true, always the starting point of any conversation no matter what’s going on in the world.  I’m as guilty as the rest of my country folk.  Too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy (I particularly hate strong wind).  So it’s fitting that I sit here typing this post as the rain pours down and the winds build up to gale force, nice.  So when things are pleasant you have to make the most.  Here’s a few shots from recent walks.

Some Robins are fearless. I thought this chap was going to sit on the end of my lens!
Approaching Ebridge Mill.

This old water mill on the North Walsham & Dilham canal used to make animal feed.  It was run by Cubitt & Walker from 1869 to as recently as 1998.  It then became a bit of an eyesore until it was turned into luxury apartments overlooking the mill pond.  The lock is to the left by the road bridge.

Hello deer (I love using that line)

A couple of years back I featured in a post a cute, teddy bear faced deer with fangs,   Well this is the other mini deer I mentioned then, the Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi).  They were introduced to Woburn estate in Bedfordshire in 1838.  Not much bigger than a retriever dog they soon got fed up, escaped, and started to explore the country, breeding merrily along the way.  They are now considered a pest in places as they munch through trees and crops.  Can often be seen having their final sleep besides or in roads.

Blue Tit in the Alder catkins = Spring
Mystery plant

Competition time.  Who can name the mystery plant above.  What’s the prize I hear you ask?  I’ll think about it.  There were two patches of these by the canal and I don’t recall seeing them before.  I’ve checked my wild flower books without luck so maybe a garden escapee?

Newsflash.  Evening update. CJ over in Holland  ( has identified the plant it is, drum roll, petasites japonicus otherwise know as Giant Butterbur or Sweet-coltsfoot.  Not native to the UK you should see what the above plant grows into!  Visit google to check it out.

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Buzzard (Buteo buteo). Early spring is a good time for watching raptors display
Breaking out. Seeds erupting from a Reed Mace head

Last Sunday’s walk broke new ground.  Rose added in a new loop to our canal hike which brought us in at just over 10 miles (16km).  I felt that one!  But the sun unexpectedly broke through so it was very enjoyable.  Take care all.

37 thoughts on “Making the Most

  1. Smashing post.
    The Buzzard shot is a cracker!
    No clue on your plant, Mister B. I’ll take a stab and say: Weed?
    Love the idea of the old mill being turned into apartments.
    There are a couple of episodes of Grand Designs where similar conversions were done.
    I’d be afraid to ask the price, however, especially with the current Rand/ Pound Sterling conversion rate. Probably bring tears to my eyes!

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    1. Took a gander at the prices those places sold for, upward of £450k. Bit out of my league!
      The plant has now been identified as petasites japonicus or giant butterbur, a real monster.


  2. Nice photos Brian. Sorry to hear about your weather. We’ve had a day of glorious blue skies, but expecting things to change over the next few days (as your weather passes over I guess). No idea about the plant I’m afraid. I hope you find out.

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  3. Your Robins and Blue Tits are so adorable! I love the catch light in their eyes.

    I have no idea what that plant is but it’s lovely. I hope you’re able to ID it.

    We have snow today and have had gale force winds on and off for days. This storm came in late. I hope it passes through quickly and we both get some nice weather for walks.

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    1. CJ you are a hero! Your id skills are fantastic. It’s so frustrating not knowing something, you’ve made me very happy. Certainly not a plant for the small back yard! Think I’ll leave it growing there.

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  4. These are all lovely photos, but I’m especially taken with the first two. The close up of your robin and the landscape–so different, both capture their respective moments beautifully.

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  5. Disappointed someone named the Japanese Butterbur before I got to tell you! They are an early flowering plant popular with the first butterflies so keep an eye on it for Small Torts, Peacocks and Commas.
    Nice Buzzard!

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    1. Thanks Pete. I shall definitely be going back to look at that plant, it grows into an absolute monster. It’s possible I’ve seen it in later stages but never noticed the new growth and flowers before.


  6. Said it once, say it again, I like your robins. Quite different in build from ours – surprising they are in the same family. Whenever you get a chance you can box up one of those Tits for me (don’t forget the air holes)! Hands down you have the scariest looking deer over there. Ours might be bigger and their antlers can get quite impressive, but “fangs” that just isn’t right hahaha. Glad to see CJ could help out on the plant as everything looks like lettuce to me. Appreciate you letting us tag along on your latest adventure/

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    1. Have to pass on sending a Blue Tit just now as they are getting ready to nest and it would be cruel to separate the newly weds!
      Good job these deer are small, the amount you see that end up as road kill is huge. Even hitting one of those in a typical Brit car would cause serious damage. The stupid things just wander around the roads at night.
      Yes CJ is my saviour. It drives me nuts when I can’t put a name to something (strangely I forget peoples names, even some I’ve worked with for years!)

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  7. The Robin is surely a crowd-pleaser but I’m partial to the old water mill. Well, okay, I like all the photographs!

    With those catkins trying to hide the Blue Tit, Spring is definitely lurking nearby.

    I’ll keep trying to send you a bit of sunshine until you’re able to manage on your own.

    All the best!

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    1. We certainly need a bit more sun Wally and less northerly winds (straight off the North Sea) to kick start spring proper.
      Thanks for dropping by, always pleased to see your comments.


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