Our walk this morning, gave me the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the less obvious flowers. Among the most commonly seen at the moment, are those belonging to the Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium.)
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Departing from our normal routine, Malcolm and I, joined his mum for a trip into Derby this morning. The principal reason was to take a look at the temporary art installation called 'Weeping Window.'
The Poppies are there until 23rd July.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Following a scorching few days, during which Malcolm has been revelling in the heat and I've been getting grumpy, this morning dawned cloudy, breezy and all together cooler. So, we set out on our walk, to take in Mapperley Village, Reservoir and Wood. At the reservoir, we had lots of company come to see if we had anything to eat...
Friday, 16 June 2017
The height of Summer, brings a glut of wildflowers in the British countryside. Around these parts, we are very lucky to have a plethora of wildflower meadows and grassland. Pewit Carr is, as always among the best.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
The warmth of the day today, made us want to take a longer walk and to take the flask with us. So, we set off along the Nutbrook Trail, heading firstly for Shipley Hill. From the hill, we turned along Bell Lane, walking towards the village of Smalley. I did this walk earlier in the year, but as Malcolm was away at the time, he hadn't yet taken in this new route. The open farmland in the area was variously filled with grassland and fields of Wheat and Broad Beans and we walked along accompanied by the songs of Skylarks and the now quite rare, Yellowhammer. When we reached Smalley, we stood to take in the pond at Smalley Dam.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Every year, we get excited at the prospect of the Orchids beginning to flower. This morning, with the sun breaking through and the temperature rising a little, we set out to look for them. And we were not disappointed. As usual, the majority were Common Spotted Orchids...
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Every year, we seem to get few days when Malcolm and I step out muttering about the weather, proclaiming that 'it doesn't feel like June.' Well this week we've been doing just that. When we have managed to get out at all, we've had to battle against strong winds and less-than-seasonal temperatures. Yesterday, was at least dry, but the strong wind took the shine off things. However, one local resident didn't mind the foul weather at all as we walked past him on our way to Mapperley.
Sunday, 4 June 2017
Where the ground was disturbed by groundworks last year, lots of new flowers have stared to emerge. Among these, a pretty, pink member of the pea family has appeared, its spikes of flowers standing above the surrounding grasses and clovers. A new 'tick' for my life list, it is a Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia.)