Once again, this morning's walk was dominated by the beautiful sunshine, blue skies and the fabulous colours of the turning leaves.
Friday, 25 September 2015
With Malcolm safely back home and the sun still shining we set out for a walk to Mapperley Village, the reservoir and Shipley Hill this morning. Everywhere, the colours of Autumn are beginning to look their best.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
The sunshine this morning, made me want to get out and about for a slightly longer walk, making the most of the better weather. So, I set off through Shipley Park, up and over Shipley Hill, heading for Bell Lane.
There will be more to come from this morning's walk...
Monday, 21 September 2015
Continuing with yesterday's theme of early morning mist, here are a few more pics from my walk to Shipley Hill.
As I reached the woods on top of the hill, the mist had cleared through the trees and as the sun began to filter through the leaves, all was quiet, still and somewhat 'other worldly'.
Sunday, 20 September 2015
It was an extremely early start to the day this morning. Malcolm was off to the heat and sunshine of Portugal for a few days of 'heliotherapy' before Autumn sets in. Not being a great fan of sunshine, heat or the sandy beaches, I have decided not to join him this time, so having dropped him off at the airport, I returned home just as the sun was rising and struck out for a walk up Shipley Hill to see the sunrise. It had been a chilly night and the early morning mist was still hanging about.
Friday, 18 September 2015
Since the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust took over the running of much of Shipley Park, there have been some great improvements made to the countryside. Great strides have been made in providing for our feathered friends, not least of which has been the planting of several meadows of plants which provide wild bird seed. Close to the visitors' centre on Shipley Parks, the bird seed meadows have been spectacularly beautiful.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Last week, following our jaunt up to Middleton Top, we struck out for a walk around Cinder Hill, Shipley Hill and the surrounding parkland. It seems only a few days ago that we were strolling through the meadows around here, admiring the orchids. Last Friday however, the mowers had been busy and the meadows had been reduced to rows of hay.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
As promised, today we return to the Cromford Canal and its inhabitants. Among these were one or two diminutive birds to be seen darting about between the ducks and swans. These tiny, gorgeous and charismatic birds are Little Grebes or Dabchicks (Tachybaptus ruficollis) and it proved very difficult to get a good photograph of them. In the end I managed only one decent shot before it dived again to chase fish.
Yet another, not wanting to be out-done, took a more direct approach and demanded attention.
Monday, 14 September 2015
Continuing our trudge up the hill to Middleton Top, we eventually reached our goal and arrived at another of those engine houses.
Heading down once more (a good deal easier than the climb up), we were again impressed by the views across the valley towards, in this case, the village of Riber and its imposing, hill-top castle.
You always assume castles to be ancient structures, with medieval battlements and knightly tales of derring-do. But in this case, nothing could be further from the truth as the 'castle' was built by one John Smedley in 1862 and is known locally as 'Smedley's Folly'. During its time, the building has been a home, a boys school, a storage facility for the Ministry of Defence and in later life, it was a zoo, specialising in exhibits of British wildlife (I seem to have a vague recollection of visiting the zoo as a child on a family holiday to the area. Little did I think then, that I would be living just a few miles away in later life). Today, it has been transformed into apartments and holiday accommodation. Here's a 'zoomed-in' picture...
And so it was back down to rejoin the Cromford Canal and to sit with a picnic and enjoy the antics of the ducks on the water, more of which tomorrow...