I fancied something a bit different yesterday other than chasing after birds and finding them not there (costing to much in petrol). So off i went to Tynemouth Priory to get some pics. The sky was a flat dull grey giving no life to the ruin.
see what i mean
So i ventured over to the cliff edge (don't worry i wasn't thinking of that) and noticed Alexanders (Smyrinium olusatrum) growing in abundance.
Read somewhere that this was used like celery when introduced by the Romans
In abundance it was
This stuff was a mecca for insects. It was absolutely crawling in them (excuse the pun). I had things like this:
an ichneumon (Ichneumon)
Seven Spot is this the bad boy ?
As well as:
A Bibionid (Dilophus sp.)
And a canny few of these:
a subfamily of craneflies (Limoniinae)
And not forgetting:
There were plenty more but proved a bit harder to catch. All in all i saw about 20 different types but alas only one butterfly.
So after all this excitement i had to cool off and what better place than the old chapel.
The Chapel which is old.
The windows in here are beautifully crafted. I have never seen colours so rich before in other churches.
St Cuffy i think
Some dude carrying a head
And the Beautiful Rose window at the back of the chapel
So i left the chapel and had a wonder around the grounds. There were quite a few Linnets knocking around about 12 in all
And this gorgeous Starling shining in the light
and to finish before i left i saw this delicate Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis) growing on one of the priorys stones.
So a nice morning with no stress on list bagging which is becoming tiresome now.