"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Friday, 2 July 2010

Wednesday, 23rd June - Blackgang Chine, Butterflies and Barn Owl

We decided to stay local today as we wanted to get back for 3.00 to watch the England game so we set off for Blackgang Chine which is a fantasy park with something suitable for all ages and interests.

This year they have opened Blackgang The Disappearing Village which has a BBC Coast exhibition, the world of timber exhibition, a saw mill and displays of country trades and a very good aerial film of the Island called The Wight Experience.

There are also some lovely water gardens to visit as well as fantasy lands for young children, a haunted house and a few theme park type rides.

After the England game I went a walk along the coast path looking for butterflies.
Saw a speckled wood and my first meadow browns and large skippers of the year.

Photos of Large Skipper (the second is a cropped version of the top photo)

The green woodpecker was anting on the lawn again this evening and I also saw a grey partridge run across the top of the garden into the adjacent field.

At dusk we went a drive along the coast road looking for barn owls and were fortunate enough to spot one hunting only a few hundred yards from where we watched one last year. Watching this species is always a magical experience.

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