First: round the pond: the “middle” grebes are building a nest.
Bought small Pig Pie & a Corned Beef Salad sarnie at Birds the Butchers’ Salad Bar. I’d already got my Robinsons’ OJ packed.
Walk to Clumber via Sparken Hill & Windmill Lane following footpath at end of Wop College. Through golf course and onward following path to Hardwick Village.
Very official looking notice at Heron Hill Wood the essence of which was “keep out we’re working”. Only afterwards did I realise that I’d misread it: it wasn’t a “Keep out” but advice that there might be “Keep Out” notices elsewhere.No matter: I went to places I’d not been before.
… and down to the lake.
Swans with cygnets: fluffy little beings.
Loads of Tufted ducks on the lake and a whole crowd of swans.
Loads of Canada goslings There is a creche in the shade of a tree in front of the cafe with a couple of dozen young guarded by five or six adults.
Wandered up to the Walled Garden with the intention of going in and snapping for the competition but, calamity, I hadn’t enough cash! £3 to get in & I’d only £2.50! Shouldn’t have bought the pie! Took a couple up the Cedar Avenue that might do.