It seems to have been quite a while since I posted anything on here, but seeing as the weather has pretty grotty so far this year, it's not really surprising. However, we managed to get a good walk yesterday, round Shipley Hill and then down to Osborne's Pond - avoiding the construction work which has started around Shipley Lake - and a good thing we did too! As we got to the water's edge, we were delighted to find a drake Mandarin Duck in fine form, preening on a rock.
Saturday, 30 December 2017
October was dominated by the colours of autumn and the display was pretty good around Shipley Park.
Happy New Year to all who deserve it.
See you on the other side!
Friday, 29 December 2017
Continuing our look back at the last year, we arrive at July and the meadows were just bursting with colour. Meadowsweet was full bloom...
Thursday, 28 December 2017
By April, the countryside was bursting with flowers. Foremost of all were - as usual - the Cherry trees.
The hedgerows were filled with Blackthorn blossom.
By the end of the month, the woods were filled with the colour and fragrance of Bluebells....
May came along and the Bluebells on Shipley Hill exploded in colour and scent.
Also in May, we were treated by Malcolm's Mum, to a holiday in Switzerland again.
When we returned home, we found the trees were in full leaf and the Oaks were beginning to suffer from a proliferation of Gall Wasps.
Soon, it was June and our focus shifted from flowering trees, to the smaller flowers closer to the ground. Ox-eye Daisies...
and the first of the year's Orchids.
An artificial floral display was to be found tumbling out of a high window at Derby's Silk Mill as part of an art installation called 'Weeping Window'.
Back to the wild flowers of Shipley Park and the more lowly members of the floral world, were now in full bloom too. Common Centaury...
That's it for today. More to come tomorrow.