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The Grapes Of Painshill Park


Not so many people know that Painshill Park has an excellent vineyard that has been making wine and more recently sparkling wine having been restored in 1992 but was in its prime from 1740-1812. 0000607900006080

Two and a half acres were replanted with the Pinot Noir cultivar planted by Hon. Charles Hamilton in the 18th century, plus Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc hybrids – to reproduce Hamilton’s Painshill Sparkling Wine including a sparkling Rose. The first full crop of wine was harvested back in 1998. The wine can be purchased from the shop at Painshill Park.

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2016 has been an interesting year for grape growing and should there be a decent rainfall in the next few weeks will lead to a good harvest, but as you can see the grapes currently as of September 2016 are not yet ready for picking with some considerable variation in grape size.

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Wipe Your Beak Peregrine Falcon


Wipe Your Beak

Early Arrival of Egyptian Goose Goslings 2016


Winter 2015-16 has been a strange one with varying temperatures almost daily. Painshill park in Cobham has always been home to many types of ducks and fowl including Egyptian Geese.

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

A few facts worth knowing about them are that they are not actually geese at all but a cross between a goose and a duck. It has many duck-like characteristics, but it also has some external goose-like traits. It is the most widespread of all the African waterfowl. These old-world shelducks were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians, and were considered sacred , and appeared in much of their artwork. The Romans and the Greeks also kept Egyptian Geese in domestic flocks.They can breed all  year around, but usually breed in the spring or at the end of a dry season. It thus is somewhat surprising to see baby goslings in early February.The British population dates back to the 18th century, though only formally added to the British list in 1971 and are found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes. It was officially declared a pest in the U.K. in 2009. There is little surprise that Painshill Park has become home to them over very many years.

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

 

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

 

 

Painshill Park


Always a photographic pleasure and never a photographic chore. Some days even the swans pose in a polite manner. The wind does not annoyingly blow the grapes around and the sun might shine. Not every day but just sometimes. Anyone with a camera should venture to Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey.

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Make your mind up Vines. Red or White Grapes? Painshill Vineyards Surrey

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Vines growing in October 2015 at Painshill Park Cobham Surrey

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Vines growing in October 2015 at Painshill Park Cobham Surrey

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The Swans of Painshill Park


Swan at Painshill Park. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Swan at Painshill Park. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Swan at Painshill Park. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Swan at Painshill Park. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

messy Swan at Painshill Park. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

messy Swan at Painshill Park. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

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