Last Wednesday was quite the family occasion. Like last year, some of Malcolm's family came over to our hotel for a bit of a get-together. The sun shone on us as we sat for a wonderful lunch on the water-front terrace of the hotel.
Monday, 30 May 2016
Sitting on the shore of Lake Thun, Spiez is a delightful little town with a history dating back to the mid eighth century. It is dominated by the Castle which was built around 933. From the lakeside, it looms above the water-front cafes.
Balustrades look over the vineyards next to the castle grounds.
Sunday, 29 May 2016
After a very pleasant few days in Switzerland, Malcolm, his mother and I got back home last night, a little later than we had planned. Last year's break in Luzern (Lucerne) was wonderful, but this year, we stayed in Spiez in the Bernese Oberland region. We stayed at the Seegarten Marina Hotel and could not have hoped for anywhere better. The view from our balcony was jaw-dropping.
Friday, 20 May 2016
In the deep shade, by the Nutbrook Trail where once railway lines crossed and re-crossed the canal and the brook, the casual walker can find a lovely patch of Bugle (Ajuga reptans).
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
It seems a little strange, but the name Rhododendron actually means 'Rose Tree'. Not what we have come to know as a Rose Tree, but there we are. Close relatives of the Heaths and Heathers, Rhododendrons are often large, colourful and extremely beautiful and at this time of year, the old gardens of Shipley Hall are filled with their colour.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Along the paths, the usual spring flowers are in full bloom right now. among the most common are those of the Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris).
Monday, 16 May 2016
I was on my own this morning. Malcolm had an appointment for his annual asthma review, so it was left to me to investigate the burgeoning Rhododendrons on Shipley Hill.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Monday, 9 May 2016
Another very warm day with blue sky and a light breeze, found Malcolm and I taking a longer walk around Shipley Park and Mapperley Reservoir and Wood. The Cherry Blossom is particularly fine at the moment.
Friday, 6 May 2016
It has warmed up a lot over the last few days, so this morning, we decided to have a longer walk all the way around Mapperley Reservoir. It's a little difficult to do this walk during the winter as the paths a usually too wet and muddy, but now things have dried up enough to allow a good stroll. Shortly after starting around the reservoir, we were greeted by a small patch of Wood Anemones (Anemone nemorosa).