Spring and Summer photos with my phone camera.
I spent a lovely day at The Vyne, which is a 16th century Tudor mansion that has been added to over the years by members of the Chute family. It is now owned by the National Trust and is situated in Sherbourne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9HL. It was built for Lord Sandys, Henry V111’s Lord Chamberlain. Various owners of the house have been obliged to take the name Chute in order to benefit from various wills throughout the centuries.
It has been quite a Spring and Summer so far.
Three species of deer visit daily. This is about 5am in the morning and the photo was taken through a window because they are very shy and take off quickly if spooked. We get Roe deer, Chinese Water deer and Muntjac deer visit.
The heron also flies in about the same time. He watched the pond silently and motionlessly for ages. Last time he sat there for two hours without moving. He then moves slowly forward, until he is inside the wooden barrier and then stands silently and motionlessly for another period of time. When he raises one foot and paws the ground I know he has spotted his prey (frog/toad/newt, or whatever), and is about to go in for the kill. I will spare you the details, but it is not a pretty sight.
A vixen and her three cubs have been frequent visitors and so has a British woodpecker. There are too many squirrels to count but they dash around like they are battery charged and the babies hop from tree to tree without ever seeming to judge the route. There are bats and too many species of birds to list here.
I hope you enjoyed my latest photos. Taking them and visiting the places featured always lifts my spirits. Take care, stay safe. Jane xx
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