We've been going mad over the last few days as the almost constant drizzle and chilly temperatures, have contrasted dramatically with the weather only a week earlier. But, things had improved a little this morning, so we set out for a walk around Shipley Hill, glad to be out and about once more.
On the Northern side of the hill, the road which was once the carriage drive up to Shipley Hall from Mapperley Village, is lined with Lime Trees.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
The highways and byways are still full of Summer flowers and their associated insects. Unfortunately, the very hot weather last week, has shortened the life of some of the more delicate flowers. Among the worst hit have been the Bee Orchids, so when Malcolm and I set out to check on them yesterday, we had to search long and hard to find any. Those Bee Orchids still with flowers, are looking a little tatty now.
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Our walk this morning, gave me the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the less obvious flowers. Among the most commonly seen at the moment, are those belonging to the Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium.)
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Departing from our normal routine, Malcolm and I, joined his mum for a trip into Derby this morning. The principal reason was to take a look at the temporary art installation called 'Weeping Window.'
The Poppies are there until 23rd July.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Following a scorching few days, during which Malcolm has been revelling in the heat and I've been getting grumpy, this morning dawned cloudy, breezy and all together cooler. So, we set out on our walk, to take in Mapperley Village, Reservoir and Wood. At the reservoir, we had lots of company come to see if we had anything to eat...
Friday, 16 June 2017
The height of Summer, brings a glut of wildflowers in the British countryside. Around these parts, we are very lucky to have a plethora of wildflower meadows and grassland. Pewit Carr is, as always among the best.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
The warmth of the day today, made us want to take a longer walk and to take the flask with us. So, we set off along the Nutbrook Trail, heading firstly for Shipley Hill. From the hill, we turned along Bell Lane, walking towards the village of Smalley. I did this walk earlier in the year, but as Malcolm was away at the time, he hadn't yet taken in this new route. The open farmland in the area was variously filled with grassland and fields of Wheat and Broad Beans and we walked along accompanied by the songs of Skylarks and the now quite rare, Yellowhammer. When we reached Smalley, we stood to take in the pond at Smalley Dam.