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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Hello from Wales

Still here; and loving it.

Thank you to everyone who's posted comments, and when I get back to my own internet I'll catch up with everyone.
Phone signal and sometimes net connection can be sporadic, but I'll persevere with this update.

I sadly lost one of my cousins a few days ago; heart failure. She was just a couple of years older than me, and it came as quite a shock.
Jim gave me a scare too. First he was limping heavily on a front leg, then a few days later became very lethargic, wouldn't eat, and was violently sick...............I had visions of another bout of pancreas trouble; or worse. Also his friend, Bud, started limping on one of his back legs.
He's a little dog that loves to explore the surrounding area, and every nook and cranny.
A trip to the local vet was in order.
Pills for Bud, an examination and injection for Jim, and that was it.
(sadly I took up the wrong employment vocation when I was younger)
Bud is improving, Jim seems a bit better, but still off his food for most of the time.

So, back to here.

Had some rain, some wind, and some sun; but it hasn't stopped me travelling the surrounding area, in search of birds.

As well as the usual garden visitors,



Coal Tit

Lesser Redpoll

a few surprises too.


Pied Flycatcher, female

That's it for now, and a few more days here, so from Jim and myself, hope everyone is having a great time, and enjoying the 'moments'.

So until I get back, I'll leave you with a view from the cottage.

(hmmm, with all this, do I really want to get back to MK)


  1. oh, everthing looks so wonderful, so peacefully, I love ist, thank you for sharing, have a safety time my dear friend, big hugh Kathrin

  2. Hi Keith, sorry to hear that Jim and his pal are poorly and I hope that they both get better soon.

    With all that amazing birdlife and those stunning views I'm sure I'd feel the same as you and just couldn't wait to be getting back to good old MK. NOT!!!

    Great images btw....[;o)

  3. Brilliant images of Wales, and I worried about Jim, let's hope he's already.

  4. Thank you Kathrin. Enjoying the rest and change :-)

    Cheers Trevor. Pets can be such a worry at times; no wonder I'm grey lol

    Thank you Bob. Jim's a bit better, but getting fussy with his food at the moment.

  5. Wales can be very addictive even with the rain and wind.
    I am so sorry you lost one of your cousins, it is always a wake-up call when that happens.
    I also hope the health problems have sorted themselves out.
    With the beautiful countryside and abundant birdlife, why not stay a while?
    Life is too short to constantly chase after responsibilities.

  6. Hope Jim gets back to full fitness Keith.
    Briliant set of images.
    A Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher in the same post, now you are showing Keith, Lucky b.......

  7. Great shots!! Hope Jim and his pal pick up soon!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  8. Hi Keith :-) just a few days ago I started to get a tad worried that we had lost you permanently to beautiful Wales!

    I'm so sorry about your cousin, that must have been a tremendous shock. Also poor old Jim and of course his buddy. I hope they feel much better soon.

    Other than all that though it looks like you have been having a wonderful time with all that glorious scenery and beautiful wildlife and your photos are as lovely as ever. Well done with the Redstart and Pied Fly, what a place!

    Enjoy the rest of your time there Keith and bring yourself and Jim back to us safely. I, for one, miss you...and I'm sure your lake does too! :-)

  9. i certainly hope jim will be okay! i am sorry for the loss of your cousin, too. absorb the beauty all around you, there.

  10. I just love everything about the Nuthatch photo. But they're all gorgeous. Get well wishes coming your way for Jim.

  11. What a wonderful place! Those bird photos are true portraits. I like the backgrounds almost as much as the birds.

  12. p.s. Sorry to hear about your loss, and I hope your friends Jim and Bud recover.

  13. Keith, nice to hear from you! What a magical place. Complete with lovely birds.
    I hope Jim is on the mend!

  14. hope jim is on the road to....

    some nice birds!

  15. It's great to see your lovely images Keith... I hope Jim's OK pretty soon.
    It looks like an amazing place to stay.

  16. Great memories Keith!
    We paid a visit to Wales a few years ago. My dad was born in Abertredor, my Welsh spelling and speaking are terrible, sorry. It was lovely!

    Give a few extra petties to the pups from me.

  17. HI Keith, so glad you are enjoying yourself and yet sorry to hear Jim is ill, Give him a rub from me...
    Its such a beautiful spot I cant imagine you would be happier in the city~you have the heart of a country boy.

  18. Wales is a beautiful place and the birds are great as well. Have a wonderful time, see you when you get back home.

  19. Good selection of pictures Keith, I would stay there a bit longer, surely MK can wait?

  20. Your news are so sad, this can't be an easy time for you. But I love the scenery in the first picture, what a countryside.

  21. Beautiful pictures, but sorry to hear the bad news part of your story (hope the dogs improve soon.)

  22. Thank you for all the good health wishes for Jim and Bud. Both are steadily improving.

    Thanks Arija; a good summary of the weather lol
    It's a great place, even in the rain though :-)

    Cheers Roy. Some great birds here.
    So many Wheatears, Flycatchers and Redstarts. Next up....Sanderling and Tawny Owl I think.

    Thanks Gary; they're improving :-)

    Thank you Jan. It would be so easy to get 'lost' here lol
    The wildlife is fantastic, but yea, have to come home soon. I miss the lake too. Big floods there a little while ago apparently.

    Thank you Theresa. Both dogs are improving :-)

    Thanks Linda :-)

    Thank you JoLynne :-)

    Thanks Robin. Yea, stunning scenery here, and great birds.

    Thanks Pete. All the dogs are sleeping soundly at the moment :-)

    Thanks Andrew. Yea, my pictures don't do it justice really.

    Thank you Dave. My Welsh pronunciation is terrible too lol

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, I guess I'll have to return soon.

    Thanks Horst :-)

    Thank you Bob. Yea, bit longer here yet. Nothing to make me want to rush back to be honest.

    Thank you Petra. :-)

    Thanks Gillian. Both dogs seemed a lot better this morning. :-)

  23. Hey Keith,
    Sorry to hear about your cousin.Am sure Jim and Bud are already recovering by now.
    What a beautiful place and looks like you are having a great time with the nice surprises you are able to capture and share with us.I just love the landscape shots...too good..So long take care and have a great weekend!


  24. Thanks Shantana. Yea, it's a lovely place to stay. :-)

  25. Gorgeous shots! Sorry I been so quiet these last couple weeks, I’ve been really ill (now finally diagnosed with Whooping Cough even though I was immunized) and have had another very rough week.

  26. Hi there - nice to see another post. Wales looks as good as ever!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  27. Beautiful shots of the wonderful Welsh landscapes and birdlife. Don't blame you for not wanting to leave. Hope the dogs are okay!

  28. Seems to be a wonderful place to be and take photos ! Your pictures are gorgeous Keith !
    And cuddles for Jim ! Hope he is well again now :)

  29. I'm jealous - not just of you being in N Wales but also seeing a Lesser Redpoll. That's a species I have never seen.

  30. sorry to hear of your loss Keith :-(

    As i am a few days later than everyone else . I hope Jim and Bud are now fully on the mend . I know what it slike having pets that are poorly , they can't tell yoiu what s wrong !!

    Some cracking images there fella . I do love the Nuthatch . And would be good to see a couple of shots of the Tawny . Saw a couple myself recently in a wood just outside Weedon . Maybe we could take a trip up there ?

    Catch ya when you are back in Sunny MK .


  31. Thanks Madge. I hope you are feeling much better now. Whooping Cough's not a nice thing to have.

    Thanks Stewart. Yea, a great place to be. :-)

    Thanks Jeremy. Yea, the dogs are much better now; and it's certainly a lovely place to stay. :-)

    Thank you Pescalune. Jim is back to his usual self. :-)

    Thanks Scriptor. I've an abundance of Lesser Redpolls, along with the Siskin. Bird heaven :-)

    Cheers Mark. A trip to Weedon sounds good. I've loads of pictures to still sort through, but some reasonable ones of the Tawny should make the next post, along with Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear, and..........oh, it's bird heaven here lol
    Even had a Chaffinch eating out of my hand :-)

  32. Enjoy Keith, it is good to relax in such a nice place and get away from computer stuff for a while! Hope the doggies will get better soon.. I love your surprise visitors ;-) and the wheatear too!

  33. Thanks Chris. Still here, and the weather is amazing. Dogs are both much better too.
    Loads of Wheatears here :-)

  34. Absolutely stunning scenery and more gorgeous little birds!! Your images a wonderful!

  35. I am so glad i found your site. Fantastic photos - thank you!!

  36. Hello Keith. My condolences on the loss of affection. Best wishes for a speedy recovery Jim. Not a long way to restore me to your lake. Today I am in the hills! Beautiful views. I live at the foot of the hill. Every morning I walk to. Only the sounds of nature to delight the ear and flora and fauna to look upon with composure, not to alter the balance. Low clouds, and a meeting of the woods and hills, where the view sweeps unlimited. Wonderful views from the cottage. Good light .. Keith Niki

  37. Thanks Liz; it's a beautiful place. :-)

    Avoprokat, thanks.

    Thanks Niki.
    It sounds beautiful where you are.