Bank Holiday Monday* 27th May

* For the rest of the world: a bank holiday is a public holiday in the UK (& Commonwealth countries ?).

The towpath was almost crowded – walkers and pushbikes. Once away from the canal I saw barely anyone.  
Up t’canal and round Lindrick. These pics are in the wrong order – they’re reversed – sorry.
ToLindrick2Footpath from Thorpe Locks bridge to Duke’s bridge via Lindrick and Brancliffe. 

BeeA bee on a nettle flower.

PeewitPeewit – over Brancliffe Grange farm.

HorseChestnutHorse chestnut blossom.
ToShireoaksChurchView to Shireoaks from the edge of Moses’ Seat wood north of Brancliffe Grange farm.

SmallWhiteSmall white.

Strawb Think this is a strawberry plant.

Ramsons02Wild garlic or ramsons flower.

Old Spring wood across Thorpe Locks bridge. Took some pics of bluebells specifically for a Glaswegian Australian lass who’s pining for her homeland. click to embiggen


I’d walked up from Turnerwood (“Did you have an ice cream?” “Don’t be silly, of course I had an ice cream – a “99” actually.”) with Trevor. He’s retired from work now but retiring him from the canal will take more than a job description. He was off up to Thorpe Top Treble to see CCTrust trip boat “Hugh Henshall” through and back.

PostOn Thorpe Locks bridge – I thought this was rather attractive. The post is just slowly rotting away while tiny purple/blue flowers encroach around the bottom.
OneFlowerThis is just one of the little blue flowers.

RamsonsWoods alongside the towpath are full of wild garlic. The smell is quite hunger making.

Peacock01As so often seen: a peacock butterfly sunning itself on the footpath.

Three heron pics between Deep Lock and Haggonfields Lock.
Heron01Herons are more noticeable in the late spring and summer – probably because that’s when their food supply is augmented by ducklings and other young. I’d guess at a survival rate less than ten percent for mallard chicks – pike, heron, seagulls, crows and magpies all have a share.

CanalThe canal.

SpeckledA speckled wood butterfly.

DragonflyDragonfly or damselfly? Small – less than two inches or so long.

BlackbirdThey’re the most noticeable songsters and don’t get pictured often enough.
All the pictures that I took that day are here on Flickr.

Tuesday 28th May

Round the pond – WET.

RaindropsWet grass. šŸ™‚

KaninchenRabbit on the school field. – Half term is good for some.

Three pics of a heron doing the buggerin’ off.

Wednesday 29th

Another cold, wet day. Summer!
Only round the pond and down to town.

But first – the best thing in the pound shop so far: a pair (two!) of backscratchers / long shoehorns. For Ā£1!

Meanwhile on the pond: white duck arriving:
OneDuckTwo.jpgTwo pictures, one duck.

BeakfullBeakfull2And a sparrow with a beak full of food, presumably to take to spouse or kids back at the nest.

9 thoughts on “Bank Holiday Monday* 27th May

  1. A couple of years ago I went on a guided walk at Attenborough Nature Reserve to look at dragon flies. I can’t remember 90% of what the guide told us but I do remember how to tell dragon flies and damsel flies apart. If it folds its wings along its back at rest then it’s a damsel fly. If it leaves them spread out at rest, it’s a dragon fly.

    The little flower creeping up the post by the way is ivy-leaved toadflax which is quite possibly my all time favourite flower. It’s a relative of snap dragons and usually found growing on walls. It has a fascinating method of setting it’s seeds: when the flowers die back the seed pod stalk extends and moves around until it finds a crack which it pushes into, effectively planting its own seeds. David Attenborough did a piece about it on one of his TV programmes.


  2. Oh, Old Spring Wood looks so much like Witch’s Wood. And thank you šŸ™‚ I have to add it to my places I hope to see. And the wild garlic towpath will make a nice detour on my mind walk. Ruthie and I both thought the “small white” photo was just beautifu. The peewit in flight made me wish I was, too.


      • I didn’t know that. I just grew up always calling it Witch’s Wood – though I did assume it was in some way associated with witches. Really interesting information you dug out there šŸ™‚ I spent so many hours at Pollok House it is are etched indelibly in my memory, I can nearly walk through it now in my mind’s eye šŸ™‚

        Witch’s wood (indeed anything to do with the Polloky) always makes me think of my oldest friend’s gran (long passed sadly). Jane’s Nana Reid used to work at the House and she and Papa Reid had a cottage on the other side of the golf course, at the edge of the estate. Many happy childhood summers were spent playing at Nana’s and ploutering around the woods nearby. But Nana told us of nights that she heard screams and calls and chants and could catch glimpses of bonfires through the trees, a few miles in the distance. Nana just used to lock the doors and windows and never went to look. Probably just kids having fun and not some nutty group going ‘skyclad’ and getting up to shenanigans. Probably šŸ˜‰



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