During the winter we sometimes sleep with the curtains open at Daisy Chain so that we can watch the stars in the darkness. At 2am this morning Jupiter, Mars and Venus were shining so brightly in a clear sky that they were reflecting in the still lake. As our last guests wrote in the visitors book, "On clear nights the start are great" I took this photo from the decking just outside the bedroom.
Exploring Somerford Lagoon on the Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswold Water Park by canoe is a great way to get up close to the wildlife. As we canoed around the lake on Sunday there were lots of egrets enjoying fishing in the shallows. These 3 took to the air to show off their yellow wellies beautifully.
This bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy wildflowers. Many woods are carpeted in bluebells, while meadows are yellow with cowslips. The first orchids are just coming into bloom and hedgerows are full of blossom.
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Guests staying at Daisy Chain on the Lower Mill Estate can enjoy exploring the 550 acre nature reserve and discovering many hidden gems!
The ISS is showing really clearly at the moment – this evening it will be visible over the Lower Mill Estate just after 10pm. For the timing in your location check the link in +Matthew Lambley's post. Another great photo Matthew – thanks for sharing!
The International Space Station A big bank of sea fog covered Weymouth tonight and I just managed to get to a hill on the outskirts by Winterbourne Steepleton where the sky was clear to catch the ISS (International Space Station) go over at 9.25. The times for its orbits given on the NASA website is not surprisingly very accurate.: http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/#.VSwzAdzF91U It is easy to see it with the naked eye. This shot was taken with a normal lens at 20 seconds exposure.
A beautiful sunrise – the lake looked like it was on fire! (I haven't enhanced the colours on the original photo at all.) Enjoy the second day of spring! We're still running our special offer for next weekend – 20% off a stay at our luxury lakeside self catering property. Treat yourself to a relaxing weekend at the beginning of the Easter holidays. Contact Naomi for more details.