Bomb Crater in a Bepton Garden
I recently discovered that our neighbour’s garden pond is in fact an old bomb crater dating back to the Second World War! It’s quite extraordinary to think that Bepton was a target for the Luftwaffe so I did a bit of research to find out what happened…
Continue reading “The Germans Bombed Bepton during the War!”
Some builders have moved in next door…
They start work early and finish late, make loads noise and leave a dreadful mess. They shout at people walking past – and last week a couple of them got into a nasty fight with each other.
Continue reading “31 Rook Nests”
Red Kite Wing Tag ‘D’
Good to see our favourite South Downs Red Kite this morning on the road out of Bepton. Even better, she doesn’t look any the worse for all the recent snow and bad weather.
Continue reading “South Downs Red Kite with a wing tag”
Bepton Bird Feeder
It’s –9°C in Bepton this morning and there are lots of chilly beaks outside! Continue reading “Feed the birds! (It’s the coldest day of the year so far)”
A good year for the roses…
The last days of September and the roses in the garden have been fooled into flowering by the late burst of warm, sunny weather.
An Indian Summer? Apparently not… But with temperatures hitting 28°C who’s complaining!
A perfect Tuesday evening for a walk on the Downs. Warm breeze, sunset, great views… and three friendly badgers who were just as curious about us as we were about them.
There’s a burgeoning bank of Snowdrops at the end of Bepton Road. Wordsworth described them as the ‘harbinger of Spring’… However, it’s not a true British wild flower, and was probably introduced during the 16th Century from mainland Europe. But who cares! They’re wonderful…
This little piggy didn’t go to market…
Well this little piggy wasn’t invited in for Boxing Day lunch. He looked very pleased to see us as we walked through the yard at Church Farm though I suspect before long he’ll be destined for the table. Still snow on the ground! Oink!
South Downs Ravens
This pair of ravens circled over Bepton ‘cronk-cronk’ing for about half an hour before heading east along the South Downs towards Cocking. Ravens are relatively rare but on the increase. They breed in Sussex (I’ve read reports of nest sites near Beachy Head) but they will travel great distances during the winter months. The two most striking things about ravens are their call (a really deep ‘cronk’, distinct from other members of the crow family) and their enormous size! Their wingspan is 120-150 cm, that’s 4′ 6″ in old money – bigger than a buzzard and a bigger build too.