A couple of weeks ago I had a very quick look at the Narnia installations at Killerton House – see here. I have now been back and had a better look – here are a few photos. It is well worth a visit – details here and it is a welcome break from shopping!
I was over at Killerton yesterday for a meeting and afterwards had a very quick look at the new Killerton offer – Narnia – the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I will be going again as it was all a bit of a rush but it looks great. For visiting details see here.
Christmas at Killerton is now becoming quite an institution and it is definitely worth a visit. Catch the House part during the day and the parkland bit after dark.
You can see the full photo set here.
I had an all day meeting at Killerton yesterday and after the meeting finished and as the sun was shining I popped into Ashclyst Forest again to look for white admirals. What a success – never seen so many butterflies in one place before. Counted them all up and then submitted them to Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count. 123 individuals in 15 minutes!
Sunday was a pretty bad day weather wise – it poured with rain all morning but finally the skies cleared at 2 o clock – I ventured out to Ashclyst Forest on the Killerton Estate in search of some white admiral butterflies – I failed but I did see a few other insects before the rain came back in again at 4.30pm.
The tiny hoverfly Meliscaeva cinctella – you can see the halteres – the pale white blobs just below where the wings join the body – all insects have two pairs of wings – in flies the second pair are modified and are called halteres. These act as mini gyroscopes to help flies buzz around!
So no white admirals …. I will try again during August if and when the promised heatwave returns!
Killerton’s Nutcracker offer is open up to Christmas – it is worth a visit – you won’t be disappointed – full details here
We held our SW Leaders Day in Broadclyst at the Victory Hall yesterday – at lunchtime some of us popped over to the NT’s Clyston Mill property in the village for a quick look around. It is a working flour mill and well worth a visit. The season this year is nearly over but it is open until Sunday week – NB – it is only open Saturdays to Wednesdays 1pm-5pm.
If you want to visit – I recommend you contact 01392 462425 to check opening and milling times