After skirting alongside the lake the trail takes a route across the bridge and into the main park
We crossed the bridge and made our way toward the next landmark which is the terracotta bridge.
Originally Beddington Park was a deer park attached to Carew Manor, a wealthy house in Tudor time. In 1859 the land was acquired, by the not so poor rector,Canon Alexander Bridges. He commissioned a bridge built by the Weatcombe Pottery in Torquay. It still bears his initials in the centre of the key stone is and is now known as Canon Bridges's Bridge.
As we stood by the bridge I noticed a flash of iridescent blue darting down the river. My first thought was a dragon fly but that would not be possible in spring. There was another flash and I realized that it was in fact a kingfisher. I have never seen one in real life. He was so beautiful... I tried to take a photo but he was hardly still for a moment but I did capture a couple.
You can see that flash of blue down his back.
and here he is again at another spot we saw him resting further down the river. I was so glad I had taken my camera with me. Just seeing him was such a bonus on our walk.
We also saw lots of signs of spring as we walked by the river Wandle.
We continued out of the park, past Carew Manor (I will stop there another time and take some photos) and took that pathway which took us towards Waddon Ponds. I shall come back and share those photos soon.
I am afraid that winter has reared it's head for the last few days and it has been bitterly cold. The heavy snow which was forecast thankfully never materialized here in the south east. We even lit another fire at the weekend.
For today's card I thought I would go for something bright and cheerful as there are lots of spring challenges on at the moment I would enter this card which is one of my Easter makes.
This is a new stamp for me which I picked up on Ebay last year make by Bildmalarna called Little winged friends, my garden. She is a real cutie.
I coloured her with my Promarkers. and also added some fine glitter to her wings and flowers. I also used my new Whimsy stamps Vintage seed packs and also their brilliant scrabble pieces which I embossed with black embossing powder. I will let you into a secret that all the Kraft paper I used is actually from a roll of Christmas paper. It had been used to protect the paper, I just flattened it out and cut it into sizable sheets. I used my Marianne watering can and wheelbarrow dies (LR0260) and also open leaves from the Marianne leaf set (LRO227). The photo corner is a Quickutz die.
I added some spring mulberry flowers and some Bakers' twine to give a real garden theme to my spring card.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges.
Ladybug Crafts Ink Spring
Pan Pastel Girlie theme
Cupcake Inspirations Flowers/Spring I was inspired by the bright spring colours and the green butter icing!
Bearly Mine #77 Spring
My Mum's Craft shop card challenge Spring #3
Bunny Zoe Girlie
Allsorts Springtime #197
Forever Friends Lots of flowers
Crafting for all seasons spring #47
Papertake weekly 1-2-3 I have one image, 2 die cut leaves and 3 navy blue mulberry roses
A and T Emerald Faeries Bling #41
Cute card Thursday anything goes #260
Stamping Sensations The great outdoors
It is Thursday already and we really are rapidly approaching the first day of spring on 20th March, which is my darling daughter's birthday. Yes she was a spring baby. I am meeting her for a Ladies Lunch on Monday as she is out for the day with her husband on her actual birthday. We will be also visiting next weekend when she is holding a little post birthday tea party. She always loves to spread out her birthday celebrations ..don't we all. I am off to see my parents today and tomorrow my dear Mum is treating me to another visit to the Royal Opera House where we are seeing the Royal Ballet perform Alice's Adventures in Wonderland...I am so excited I hope that everyone is keeping well? Thanks as always for your visits and kind comments and it's good to see my newest followers, you are so welcome. Enjoy the weekend when we get there,
Bye for now,