Snow Bunting

Snow buntings have striking `snowy’ plumage. The males in summer have an all white head and underparts contrasting with a black mantle and wing tips. Females are more mottled.


In non-breeding season they develop a sandy, buff colour to their plumage and males have more mottled upperparts. They breed around the Arctic from Scandinavia to Alaska, Canada and Greenland and migrate south in winter.


They are a scarce in the UK especially in the South of England this lone bird is visiting at Titchfield Haven today.{28-12-16} This is the first one I have seen in Hampshire although I did see a small flock in Kent near Dover some years ago.


Santa scramble

Christmas morning at Titchfield Haven and the coastguard helicopter to the rescue, I guess Santa’s sledge had problems after a long night and Santa needed a ride to finish off his job.


The helicopter took off from the old HMS Daedalus station at Lee on Solent and headed up Southampton Water with Santa in the door.



Moorgreen Hospital rebuild started

A building site

My odd blogs are linked below which may be worth a look to see the building as it changed. Building now well underway to turn the old hospital/workhouse into flats and build houses in the grounds.



Extra pictures added 27th Dec 2016


The Plan



Christmas at Hinton Ampner

Christmas at Hinton Ampner near Winchester.The current house dates to 1790s but it was largely remodelled in 1867. It was remodelled again in the Neo-Georgian style for Ralph Dutton between 1936 and 1939 to his vision of what it would have been like had it been built on its current scale in 1790 as Georgian country house. It was badly damaged by fire in 1960, and restored again much as it had appeared in 1936.


Christmas walk at Mottisfont

Mottisfont Abbey is sited on the River Test and originally founded as an Augustinian priory in 1201, Some of the original priory vaults remain under the main house. The building was in a poor state when society hostess and art lover Maud Russell and her banker husband Gilbert, purchased Mottisfont in 1934. They modernised the house and estate. With Maud Russell’s guidance many of the  rooms were reconfigured and redecorated. The overall look was Neo-classical  with faux marbling and pastel shades.