Fisherman by the river.
Ducks usually swim in the river, but on the day I took the photo, there were none in sight.
The café overlooks the river, and when we come here with Mel, we sit here.
A little fence over a pond.
A pidgeon looking rather like a wise owl.
I am fascinated by all the fungi on the tree trunks.
Can't think it can be anything else!
And the ferns growing from old misshapen trees
These ferns are growing from the top branches.
The view from the other side of the bridge. You can't see much, but perhaps you can see two metal seats, which are dotted all over the park, and are really appreciated.
The Female Dark Bush-Cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)
A close.up photo to show the ear which is situated on each face of the front tibiae.
In most of the photos, I had to lose a little of the long slender antennae, to get a closer picture.
The males have very short wings, but the females are wingless.
The female has blade-like oviposter, either short, or curved like a sickle, or as in this female, long and sabre.like.
They are mostly nocturnal insects, but this one,was outside in the afternoon, so I know it is a Dark Bush.cricket, because they like sun.bathing, but will become most active in the evening, and sing well into the night.
They belong to the same order as the grasshoppers, but unlike the grasshopper, they are partly carnivorous.
In July of last year we visited the Roman ruins. It's a peaceful place with plenty of wildlife. We went as far as we could by car, until we arrived at the steps. So we started our walk here, and it's quite some distance before we reach the first dig.
The steps are not too steep, but it's quite a climb. Our farm lies further down the mountain, and we have done this walk several times over the years.
The first plateau.
These huge rocks are typical of the landscape.
Not too far up the mountain yet.
I couldn't get enough snaps of the boulders.
As you can see!:)
First sighting of a dig.
Much enlarged snap of our corn fields through the trees.
At last a view from the top.
That's a church in the distance
Sorry don't know what this is.
This site is classified as a National Monument since 1910. It was excavated for the first time in the 1950's
There have been various settlements here, besides the Romans. Artifacts have been found dating back to the bronze and iron ages, and also the middle ages.
The highest point
Hubby looking very pleased with himself.
There is a small museum further down the mountain, but the most important finds are held in a museum in town.
There are lots of coins from the various occupations...
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