What a milestone! This is the 1,000th post on this blog and who would have thought that I would still be sharing all this rubbish with all and sundry for so long. It all started on 27th October 2008 with This. And here we are four years and four months later with today's offering.
It was a nice walk this morning round Shipley Hill and Osborne's Pond. When we got there, it was nice to see a small group of Goosander (Mergus merganser) swimming about in the middle of the lake.
I mentioned the Hazel catkins dangling from the branches last Friday. Well, today i went searching for the female flowers among the catkins. Very small and easy to overlook, they are in fact rather beautiful when you can track them down. About the size of a grain of pudding rice, they are red and not very 'flower-like' at all, but they will produce the familiar hazel nuts later in the year.