Wednesday, 6 April 2011

A walk in the park

The south of England has been experiencing unfeasibly warm spring temperatures for the last few days; today it was 22 degC (72 F) in London by lunchtime. I looked up at the clear blue sky from my basement office window and thought what the hell am I doing here? So I bunked-off work early, caught the tube back to Richmond and went over the park for the afternoon. Richmond park, for those who don't know it, is quite a big (3.69 sq miles) walled deer park. There's usually lots to see, so I took my camera and managed to take these photos. Not the greatest quality, but what a relaxing way to spend an afternoon!

 There's two types of deer - big and little, from which statement you can guess I'm not much of a naturalist.

Big Deer

Little Deer
 There's also a flock of parrots, which really is quite unexpected. At one time the story being told was that Jimi Hendrix had two parrots when he lived nearby, and they were released into the park when he died and bred there - unfortunately it turned out to be bull###t. Seems they just escaped from an aviary; they nest in the ancient oak trees which the park is famous for and make loads of noise flying around and squawking.

Nesting Parrots
There's also some cute-looking ornamental ducks brought over from China by the Victorians, plus of course those pesky grey squirrels from America. In fact, when you think about it, a typical multi-cultural mix, just like the rest of London.

We do also have some native species....I'm going out on a bit of a limb here 'cos I don't really know if they are...but I took there photos anyway.

So if you got this far, I'll end with a disclaimer that I know nothing about flora or fauna, but I had a great afternoon in the Spring sunshine - and I promise the next post will be motorbike related.


  1. Okay, now you are just bragging about the weather. Mind you if we had temperatures like that we would be too.

    Thanks for letting us tag along on your walk through the park. Great pictures. I recognize some of the flora, but not all.

  2. Trobairitz - don't worry, this is England, the weather will probably be quite different tomorrow! Nice to hear from you - El D

  3. Always good to have a bit of nature study


  4. El D:

    I've never seen a gaggle of parrots before. We also have other kinds of deer, those with horns and those without. Do we presume you used your "new to you" camera you were mentioning ?

    You have a heat wave over there. This morning it was 2°c , and forecast high today of 11°c . Perfect weather for riding

    Riding the Wet Coast

  5. Oh Mr Diente, what beautiful flowers! And you have photographed them exquisitely. I do like a man who is unafraid to show his feminine side - unlike that rough Mr Nikos.