After our 5.5 mile walk yesterday, we had a shorter walk this morning to do a little shopping again, but at least the weather was much better. Back home and we treated ourselves to a (medicinal?) tot of Osborne Brandy with our 'elevenses' coffee. Felt much better for that!!
Part of our walk yesterday, took us past the small reservoir near Heanor known as Osborne's Pond (now you can see the connection). As we walked along the 'dam' of the reservoir, we were treated to the sight of a Coot (Fulica atra) sitting on her nest. We have seen a few nesting birds lately, but this one seemed to be the most bored by it's confinement and yawned very widely at the moment I snapped the shutter.
Meconopsis cambrica) is the only member of it's family to be found in the wild in Europe and makes a fine display, if rather uncommon.