Golden Eagle guest at Lea House

My guests were visiting the International Birds of Prey Centre which is just down the road from Lea House. It was the annual Falconers day and Chris brought his Golden Eagle, which shared his bedroom at Lea House – he was in his box!


It’s that time of year again but, my goodness, haven’t we suffered in the waiting this year.  The whitebells and bluebells are just in bud in the sheltered part of my garden, by the back door, so I know it will not be long before they are bursting into bloom in the glades of the Forest.   Don’t miss them this year.  Sadly the wild boar are grubbing up the land in the Forest and as a result the bluebells are being ruined.  If there is no control put on the boar soon, it is predicted that the Forest of Dean will no longer be one of the most famous places to see the wonderful sight of the bluebells spreading for acres under the trees.

My lovely owners (of Countrywide Flame) were thrilled to bits yesterday when their horse, Countrywide Flame, came home 3rd in the Champion Hurdle.  Can’t believe he is only a 5 year old too.   More great things to come from him in the future I am sure.  His owners stay with me every year for the Cheltenham Festival – they prefer to be out of the hurly burly of the big towns around the course.   Nice for me.  Since I was born and bred a Newmarket girl, it is lovely to have horsey chat around me every morning as we all watch the Morning Line avidly – whilst I am trying to cook and serve them breakfast at the same time.   No “horse” on my menu I am glad to say!

All hands on deck for Gloucester Tall Ships Festival 2013

The award winning Gloucester Tall Ships Festival will be taking place in the city’s Historic Docks from Friday 24 to Monday 27 May 2013. There will be regular news updates from the official Gloucester Tall Ships website www.gloucestertallships.co.uk as we finalise details for one of the South West’s premier festivals.



Ships Ahoy!

A flotilla of ships will sail into the country’s most inland port between 12 noon and 1pm on Friday 24 May, providing a truly unique vista.  The ships first sail into the tidal Severn Estuary and make their way into the city via the Gloucester Sharpness Canal (16 miles as the crow flies). As the ships approach Gloucester Docks, you’ll see the High Orchard Bridge and Llanthony Bridge raised to make room for those tall masts, before mooring in the main basin for the rest of the Festival. We’ll have more news on the ships for you soon.

Can’t wait to see this – it is such fun!

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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The Centre is just down the road from Lea House and I was sent this information today.

Winter Owl Evenings in 2012 Start on October 27th (Halloween Owl evening) then from November 10th onwards, every Sat in November and every Fri and Sat in December up to just before Christmas Eve.

These are a wonderful treat, experience a very special evening with owls at the ICBP. Starting with a guided tour by torchlight, where the owls look alert and awake – very different from as you see them during the day.

After the tour warm up with a hog roast and mulled wine or hot apple juice (vegetarian option available). This is followed by a flying demonstration of small owls which takes place in a new setting for this year –  in the Indoor Flying area with special low level lighting

Finally we end the evening with owls free flying in their natural element – outside in the flying field with special underground low level lighting with the owls glimmering through the lights as they cross the flying ground.

The Owl Evenings are ticketed only, and places are limited The experience starts at 7.00pm and ends at about 9.00pm. Tickets are £25.00 for adults and £12.00 for children (12 and under) and includes the food and drink. The owl evenings will run on every saturday from October 27th  (we avoid Nov 3rd – Guy Fawkes night) to the end of November and every Fri and Sat in December up to Christmas.

We run them again the weekend of February 15/16th (after that time the owls start breeding and need evening peace!)

Wear warm sensible clothes and bring a torch. To book tickets Tel. 01531 820286 or 821581. If you would like more details, please contact us either by phone, or email – info@icbp.org

talk soon – and hope to see you for an Owl Evening

– c

Well I was up in London yesterday. I went to help Holly and Luke run their Titchy Kitch stand at the Barnes Common Fair. I have always wanted to go – 300 stalls and loads of people so lots of fun. However, it rained in the morning, it rained at lunchtime and it rained most of the afternoon!! The ground was waterlogged, muddy and conditions generally were pretty foul. Never mind. They sold lots of their stuff and we got a good idea of which of their stock is the most popular. Roll on sales on the website now.www.titchykitch.co.uk – great cooking stuff for little people – and adults too.
Drove home after a very long day on my feet, thru driving rainstorms – lovely!! Glad to get into my bed last night.