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Report on Birdwatching Walk at Puttenham

There was a good attendance for our walk on Puttenham Common 11 th January.  The weather was rather dull but not too cold.  We started well with three goosanders on Cutt Mill Pond, along with several mandarin and tufted ducks.  Then we found a lovely kingfisher perched by the Tarn.  It...
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Creative Mixed Media Art - into 2019 - recent work

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Rambling 2 - December-18

Rambling 2 - December-18
Mmmmmmm......Great ....Mmmmmmm......walk ....Mmmmm...... today....Mmmmmmm...... Next walk starts 10:00 from Hambledon Road [Next to the Church] Busbridge, Thursday 17th January 2019 More CaMmmmmmm......ke! Happy Christmas!
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Gimp 2.10 users

Gimp 2.10 as first installed looks totally different from Gimp 2.8 but don't panic, the difference you see is largely cosmetic. Gimp 2.10 when first opened :- It looks nothing like Gimp 2.8 that I have used in my videos :- However with a few simple tweaks it can look like...
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GIMP : Making a Star Brush

When using brushes in Gimp it is often useful to modify their size and shape.  However when trying to make a star shape for a Christmas card I discovered not all the properties of the original Star shaped brush could be edited.  To overcome this problem I first selecting the original...
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Making Christmas Cards with Gimp

At our last Gimp meeting  we looked at possible techniques for converting photographs to pictures suitable for Christmas cards.  The tools I use have been described in my previous blogs and I would recommend having a look at them if you are not familiar with their use.The main ones are Layer...
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Rambling 2 – November-18

Rambling 2 – November-18
Venturing out to Northchapel this month. Our route taking us out to The Lake at Park Mill Farm, where the weir system raised interest. The recent rains allowed the weir to be in full operation, it also gave a very wet onward journey. As a group it was agreed to retrace...
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Birdwatching 1 at Thursley on October 10, 2018

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As David was away I had agreed to lead this walk.  7 members joined in on this glorious morning. It was fairly quiet on the bird front but a lovely walk nevertheless. There was a heron and the usual mallards on the Moat itself when I arrived. Walking along the boardwalk...
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Exploring the Local Countryside - Fungi

Fly garic (photo taken by Kirsten O)
Our November walk turned into a fungus foray during which we found some 50 species. This  year has been a patchy one for fungi; some places have fared relatively well, others, less so. The long, hot and dry summer meant that some of the early species appeared later than usual and...
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Rambling 2 - October-18

Rambling 2 - October-18
Frensham Great Pond was our starting point this month, before heading out towards Dockenfield and then Spreakley. The sun and views were the order of the day; the grand facade of Frensham Heights to the North and Beacon Hill to the South. The next walk starts at 10:00 from Northchapel Village...
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Friday Talk: Roses - all about Roses

Photo: Bob Fearnley On Friday 12th Oct 54 members attended the talk given by Jacqueline Aviolet on "Roses-all about roses". The talk started with a history of the rose family, with many of the types we know today being created by grafting the many types of wild rose found in Asia...
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Walk at Farnham Heath

In October we went to Farnham Heath which was a new venue for us and proved to be a varied and interesting site. It was acquired by the RSPB in 2002 and is gradually being returned to heathland, to the benefit of all the species that live in this valuable habitat....
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Crop and improve your photos with Gimp

Crop and improve your photos with Gimp - learn with the Milford Gimp group You have probably heard of images being "Photoshopped" or of people using Photoshop to improve their photographs, but have you heard of Gimp, a program that can do everything that Photoshop can do. The added advantage is...
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Pagham Harbour 12 September 2018

Spoonbill
Eight of us met at the RSPB Centre at Sidlesham Ferry for the first meeting of the season, on a rather dark and gloomy morning, but at least it didn’t rain. There were four rare birds that we hoped to see as they had been recorded there the day before: Little...
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Report on Birdwatching Walk 14/09/18

This walk on Hankley Common (North end) was the first of the new 2018/19 season.  A good number of the Group turned up, on a fine if cloudy day.  There were not very many birds to be seen, but we did note lots of coal tits, several Dartford Warblers, a few...
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Exploring the Local Countryside 2018

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Compton was the venue for the first Exploring the Local Countryside walk in early September. The route took us through woodland, fields and, finally, a quiet country road bordered by ditches full of lush vegetation. In the woodlands we saw various fungi, notably several species in the Russula (Brittle Gills) genus,...
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Plants: Walk - Old Winchester Hill, June 2018

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The final walk of the season was at Old Winchester Hill. It was another glorious day and the walk was not too strenuous. There were flowers galore and fantastic views as well. At the end we had a picnic, a perfect end to another season of fascinating walks and talks. Thanks...
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June Photo Winner

June Photo Winner
Congratulations to Bernie Fay for your winning photo chosen by Mike for your composition and originality Well done Your one to one day is when you can fit it in with all your travels.... It really was a very difficult competition to judge with the high quality images we had to...
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Creative Mixed Media Art Group

Creative Mixed Media Art
Our Thursday afternoon Mixed Media Art Group has changed it's name to Creative Mixed Media Art.   Mixed Media is a term used to describe artwork composed from a combination of different media or materials. What is great about making art in this way is that you don't have to possess...
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German for Beginners - End of Term

German for Beginners - End of Term
Julie started her course with about fifteen students, dwindling to twelve regulars and ten lasting though until the last day of term. Initially the student's level of German varied from those with a smattering, those with very rusty German and those with none at all. With weekly meetings on Monday afternoons...
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Plants: Walk - Pagham Harbour June 2018

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Monday 11 June 2018 I joined Alan Hamilton's plant walk at Pagham Harbour.  We met at RSPB Reserve car park and visitor center at Sidlesham Ferry so that we could share cars down to Church Norton where the walk started. We walked out onto the shingle beach and worked back towards...
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Showcasing Extravaganza!

Showcasing Day Friday 15th June saw the U3A ‘Showcasing Afternoon’ at Milford Village Hall. An excellent lunch was served at midday and at two pm the entertainment began. The event was extremely well attended with all seats taken and some attendees having to stand at the back. First on stage was...
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Photography day to Lavender fields

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We have just had another day out together, and we vistited the Lavender fields. A competition has been set for each member to try to win the day out on a one to one photography day...good Luck!
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Exploring the Local Countryside in June

Gold and black Sawfly
Our June walk was at Holmans Grove and provided a very upbeat end to the season. Wildflowers, birds and insects were all in good numbers and kept us busy all morning. It was a surprise to hear two nightingales still singing; possibly not good news for the nightingales as it could...
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Exploring the Countryside at Ebernoe Common

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Our walk in May was at Ebernoe Common. The churchyard was awash with bluebells mixed with lady’s smock, a few cowslips and a handful of fritillaries. We were slightly early for the best of the flowers in the meadow but there was still much to look at and in addition we...
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