I like this time of year. Things have started to wind down in the garden as the tomatoes hasten to ripen before it gets too chilly and the bees and hoverflies gather the last of the nectar from our Pheasant Berries (Leycesteria formosa).
Thursday, 22 September 2016
The most common gull to be found in inland regions of the UK, the Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) has a population in excess of 140,000 breeding pairs. Their numbers are boosted further during the winter months to around 2.2 million individuals.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
The colours of Autumn are beginning to show around the countryside. This morning, as Malcolm and I took our usual stroll around Shipley Park, the Maple trees were starting to turn from their summer green to autumn gold.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
It's that time of year, when our homes are invaded by various bugs and beasties which have no business being there. Having spent the summer in larval form, eating the roots of our garden plants, the Crane Flies or Daddy Long-legs have started to make their presence felt. You only need to leave a window open for few seconds with the lights on, and you will be likely to have one of these insects flitting about your room. Among the most common in Britain is one called Tipula oleracea. This one was found on our patio doors this morning.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Yesterday, we had a shopping trip to Meadowhall, Sheffield. So, no walk in the park yesterday, but we made up for it this morning with a walk through Shipley Park, round Cinder Hill and on to have a flask of coffee at Mapperley Reservoir.
After a bit of a shaky start, the sun soon came out and despite a stiff breeze, it was warm again. The only problem was trying to keep all the Birch seeds out of our coffee.
Coffee finished, it was back home along Slack lane and around the sheep fields of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
When what is now known as Shipley Woodside, was part of the estate of Shipley Hall, the large lake was known as the fish pond (some pond!) These days, it is in the process of redevelopment, but there is a small 'off-shoot' of water to the south, close to the Nutbrook Coffee Shop. Back in the day, there was a boat house on the side of this smaller lake. Today however, the casual passer-by can still enjoy the scene as Malcolm and I did this morning, without the aid of a boat.
It's all a far cry from the old days of genteel elegance when the Miller-Mundy family from the 'big house', owned the lakes. This old photo shows the scene from about the same place and includes that boat-house.
The bridge separated this small area of water, from the main lake beyond and it still does, but not so grandly!
Friday, 2 September 2016
It was a little cloudy as we set out for our walk this morning and with a few spots of drizzle in the air, things didn't look too promising. But it soon brightened up and the sun eventually put in an appearance. We headed for Osborne's Pond today.