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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 5:52pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    It started off quite sunny here so we decided to have a quick sandwich and then a nice walk out in Derby. Time we got there the weather had changed it was over cast and dull, but we didnt let it get us down. We started off at the Cathederal where we have been watching the Perigrine Falcons. Great excitement as there was one on the ledge.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 5:54pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    Shame my camera couldnt quite zoom up there high enough for a good picture but I'm sure you get the idea
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 5:56pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    This is the statue of Bonnie Prince Charlie on his Hoss in the middle of the Cathederal green.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 5:59pm (Dec 26th 2012) edited
    Grandad North was trying out his super dooper high powered lens he has for Christmas. Shame the light wasnt better for him. The Bloon lady was filling her bloons from the back of her car. Scared the life out of me as I walked past.... her blasting the helium into one.
      bloon lady.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:02pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    Opposite the statue is the Derby silk Mill it is a Industry museum now. We keep saying we will visit it but it is always closed on the odd occasion we remember to visit.
      silk mill.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:05pm (Dec 26th 2012) edited
    We are walking along the Derwent river now It is part of the Valley Mills Heritage site starting in Derby running through to Matlock bath. I noticed these fungi on the riverside
      fun guys.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:11pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    The river is running very fast but the gulls are having fun
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:15pm (Dec 26th 2012) edited
    A swan came waddling over to see what I was doing. Looking at the seat I didnt fancy a green backside siting down to talk to it. so just said a quick hello much to the swans disgust.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:21pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    The ducks were certainly not going to walk over on the soggy slippery old grass so pretended I wasnt there. Then I spotted this cormerant up in a tree, looking right pleased with himself
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:23pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    We went back to the car to do the next bit as it was starting to drizzle. I spotted a ice rink here on the way where the white tents are but it wasnt very exciting.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:26pm (Dec 26th 2012) edited
    Here we are a few minutes up the road at Darley Abbey Mills. They are cotton spinning mills with their associated buildings Theydate back to the 1700s and were originally known as the Boars Head Mills
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:30pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    I posted pretty pictures ages ago from when we went there during the summer months. It was a different story this time trees had come down and built up along the bridges and the water was roaring like a lion
      Darley Abby Mills.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:32pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    The gulls were enjoying themselves dashing about across the water showing off their flying skills
      gulls 2.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:35pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    It was very bleak yet haunting with its own kind of special beauty
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:36pm (Dec 26th 2012) edited
    The weir was so noisy and running so fast
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:39pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    round the other side where the wooden bridge is the water was thundering along I was surprised the bridge was still standing
      wooden bridge side.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:40pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    The gulls had more confidence than I did and were gettin settled for the night
      wooden bridge.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:41pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    I spotted these ducks on the way back to the car and they were most surprised when the flash went off
      Count duckula.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 6:43pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    Here he/she is again I called it Count Duckula. Last picture now and a question for you..... any one know what sort of duck it is?
      what sort.jpg
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2012 9:23pm (Dec 26th 2012)
    Doing a quick google search I'd say its a Muscovy duck.

    Lovely pictures as ever NN, nice to see the falcons are hanging around ready for breeding season!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2012 5:35pm (Dec 27th 2012)
    Poor old thing isn't very pretty, is it? Still I can't talk... You are so clever with a camera, NN; you ought to make postcards!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2012 7:18am (Dec 28th 2012)
    Kate is right it's a Muscovy duck, NN (they really do have a bad case of the uglies..our neighbor use to raise them..they fly up and sit in the trees..most of them had ugly personalities as well)

    Your pictures are BRILLIANT!! I do so enjoy it when you post pictures, NN. Thank you.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2012 12:56pm (Dec 28th 2012)
    I am so pleased that you all liked the pictures. I wasnt sure if to post them as they were so dull and gloomy looking. Still that's what sort of day it turned into, it was so nice to get out for a bit of fresh air though.
    Well done Kate for finding out what sort of duck it is. Grandad North said he thought it was a turkey duck and was quite put out when I said he didnt have a clue and made it up. He was also just a bit miffed cos he didnt see it first!!!!
    I agree CC it wasnt the most prettiest of ducks, but was a lovely splash of colour against the dullness of the water.
    I know how you love the photos Lynn and was determined to get some for you. I got some from when we went to Chester just before Christmas if you would like me to post them.
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2012 8:52pm (Dec 28th 2012)
    We love your photos NN, if you've got more post away!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2012 4:33pm (Dec 29th 2012)
    Yes, go for it, NN!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2012 7:26pm (Dec 30th 2012)
    Thank you for your kindness I have some ready to go.......
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2012 7:50pm (Dec 30th 2012)
    I love all your photos, NN. They are the next best thing to being there! I always wanted to visit the UK, but it doesn't look like I'll ever make it now.:face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2012 8:19pm (Dec 30th 2012)
    Awww that would be a shame you could always stay with us. We only got a little house but the welcome would be arms wide open and very warm xx
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2012 9:13pm (Dec 30th 2012)
    What a beautiful day you had and such wonderful pics.
    I felt I was there with you!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2012 6:31pm (Dec 31st 2012)
    Yes, Lynn, we are 30 miles from Heathrow so you could start here, then up to Kate (passing through Oxford en route) then Ollie & Hencam HQ, then NN will trundle you all around Chester!
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2012 7:19pm (Dec 31st 2012)
    Tour de Hencam!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2012 9:40pm (Dec 31st 2012)
    There you go Lynn all sorted out for you.... now you just got to save up for the ticket. I live right between Kate and Ollie then you got Hencam HQ so between us all we can all set you up champion xxxx
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2013 6:26am (Jan 2nd 2013)
    I think they are great pics NN, I dont think they are gloomy just very moody and reflect the time of year and weather. I love running water and could almost hear it rushing by.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2013 3:19pm (Jan 2nd 2013)
    Glad you enjoyed the pictures and it would have been lovely if you had of been there with me Ollie. We had a walk yesterday as well so have a look at Strutts mill, it was a brighter day so pictures a tad clearer