Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Heavenly glory to majestic flight and preparing for a country stroll...

Blood wolf moon over Poachers Hideaway
An early morning wake up call the other morning to get a shot of the blood wolf moon... A rare phenomenon, caused in part by a lunar eclipse, makes the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal. Sadly a little cloudy, and cold! but shined the way up the drive nicely.

Frosty view down the valley.
We had our first hard frost of the year up here at Poachers Hideaway this week, this helped to get some lovely photos around our little piece of the Lincolnshire wolds.


I interrupted breakfast on Monday morning with Poachers Hideaway residents, the Shire horses, they have the run of the forty acre pasture we have here. They are working horses and have had lots of commissions carting bridal carriages and looking very elegant.

Andrew has been busy on the land this week. The little international tractor has been out ploughing on the side of Park Hill in preparation of a wild flower crop, it should look fantastic in the spring, follow the diary for colourful spring photographs...

A Barn owl silently flying toward Stenigot.
One of our favourite residents here at Poachers Hideaway is the beautiful Barn Owl, they nest here in our Owl box every year, rent free of course! We will be following the activities of these amazing creatures and reporting back regularly.

Courtesy of the Barn Owl Trust.
Who the Barn Owl Trust are...

"The Barn Owl Trust is a UK charity which aims to conserve the Barn Owl and its environment. We carry out practical conservation, research and educational work, advise farmers, government and landowners. and run a free information service. We also look after sick and injured owls in a genuine owl sanctuary- a place of peaceful retreat."

We have taken some bookings this week for people coming to the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking festival. This popular event takes place in May - 18th May until the 2nd of June to be precise. We host a walk up here as well as providing top quality accommodation...

Organisers of the popular walking festival are urging organisations and businesses to contribute to their programme of walks and activities for the 2019 festival, which will run from 18th May to 2nd June. 2019 will be the 15th Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, and to celebrate the programme is being extended to include some outdoor activities. Festival Co-ordinator Natalie Lunt explains: "We want to offer a rich and varied programme of walks and activities which features something for all ages and abilities and celebrates what the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer. We are keen to inspire young people and families to take part in the festival, so along with the relaxed strolls and challenging hikes we want to offer activity walks, themed walks, tours and taster sessions. This is an ideal opportunity for local business and attractions in the area to, quite literally, get their name on the map and showcase what they have to offer!" The festival, which is co-ordinated by Heritage Lincolnshire in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, attracts in the region of 3,000 participants each year and is one of the largest and best-attended events of its kind in the UK.

Some walkers from last years Bluebell loop walk hosted and lead by Poachers Hideaway owner Andrew Tuxworth.