Friday, 27 June 2014

Paris Day 5 ~ Part 1

Monday was my birthday. We decided not to go to Giverny this day, not being sure what the transport would be like on Easter Monday. On the other hand, a lot of places that would normally be open were closed, including one of the museums still on my wishlist.
So we took an easy day...a leisurely morning, and then we got the metro over to Parc Monceau, always a favourite (apart from all the joggers!). It's full of odd follies and memorials. There's a plaque commemorating the first jump with a silk parachute, too.


Here, for your safety, this area is inaccessible to the public.
Dangerous Tree
This tree is diseased, a lignin/wood-eating fungus has developed in its wood and roots,
causing it to become fragile and dangerous.

There is a children's playground, and pony rides - and a very boy-themed carousel. I really liked that submarine with shades of Ten Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Paris Day 4 ~ Part 4

 A last few photos from the cemetery.
It's been far too bright to do any photo editing recently, but a rainy day today (and a day off) has given me time to catch up a little.
The blackbird was sitting on the yew hedge having a good preening session. I think that the cemetery must provide a habitat for quite a lot of wildlife - a couple of mornings later we were walking up the side of it and saw a jay in a tree.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Paris Day 4 ~ Part 3

Montparnasse Cemetery.
I didn't have a lot of time there, as it closes at six - there's a bell beside the main entrance and it starts ringing as a warning. But I really enjoyed a short wander round. The contrast with the old monuments and the modern buildings around them was quite startling...In one photo you can also see an old windmill.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Juvenile chaffinch....

I got a new (hopefully) squirrel-proof feeder this week. One plus (??) from the squirrels is more spilled seed on the ground, so we've had the chaffiinches, who are ground feeders, around more.
This is a little juvenile one. But tonight I noticed he had finally decided to brave the Globe Feeder. It might actually, for the time being at least, be effective, since I saw a squirrel reduced to foraging on the ground today when the only options with seed in them at the time were the globe and the nyger feeder.

The windows badly need cleaning!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Paris Day 4 ~ Part 2

 In the afternoon we walked along the Promenade Plantée. Being Easter Sunday and beautiful sunshine (mostly) it was almost as packed as the Champs Elysées had been on Friday. So it wasn't easy to take any photos of the actual walk, just the city views seen from it.

I presume the first photo is some sort of nest for bumblebees or ladybirds or suchlike. It was actually quite near the end of the walk. This is the first time we didn't continue walking on to the Bois de Vincennes - instead when we got to the end of the main part of the walk we found the metro station at Daumesnil, which was on one of "our" lines, and brought us along an interesting overground route most of the way.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Favourite cards

May was not a productive month - most of my favourites are from the mixed media challenge on SCS. I think that was helped by the fact that there were two Fridays on which I wasn't working!