The school building work at Kents Hill is really taking shape now.
For a few weeks it all seemed totally chaotic. Piles of earth moving from one place to another, only to be moved again and then piles of hardcore appearing.
Just over a couple of weeks ago things started to settle a bit.
A visible foundation.
And a couple of days ago,
Yesterday a large crane on the back of a lorry appeared.
My guess is it's to be used to lift the steel framework into place for the actual school building.
The last few days have been quite cold, with early morning frosts, but it hasn't dampened Whisky's enthusiasm for having fun on our walks.
Something I don't understand with some other dog owners though, is why they pick up their dogs crap, put it into a nice plastic bag, and then leave it in a huddle somewhere.
Surely if you're not going to put it into a bin, it would be better to leave it where it is to rot down naturally?
There's been a few birds around at Walton Lake.
I'm still trying to get pictures of the Ring-necked Parakeet though, as it flies overhead in the mornings.
Yesterday a couple of Velvet Scoters turned up at one of the other local lakes, Willen, so today we headed over there to see if we could find them.
Another beautiful, but cold frosty morning, and Whisky had a great time rolling in the frosty grass, and sniffing out the new smells.
A few birds out on the lake;
lots of Coots, a pair of Red Crested Pochard, and eventually a very distant Velvet Scoter.
Poor shot, barely makes it as a 'record' shot.
I did manage a very short piece of video too.
It was good to see a bird I've never seen before though.