Wednesday 5th June
Round the pond and to town.
The pond is Godfrey’s Pond to locals but Sandhills Lake to the powers that be. It was known as Godfrey’s after the old owner who was the proprietor of a butcher’s shop nearby. Originally a sand quarry, it became a private fishing pond before being given to the council. There’s what appears to be the remains of a wharf on the canal bank nearby. I live about 50 feet from the south east end – although it’s round a corner out of sight.
Although Worksop has a population of about 40,000, I don’t believe that I have ever seen more than four dozen folk here at any one time. This is cause for varied feelings: sadness that the folk of Worksop are so uninterested; and happiness that they aren’t cluttering it up and disturbing the wildlife.
Anyhow: some pics (If you want to, you can click on ’em to embiggen ’em).
I thought of having a sweepstake on how long it took this smashing fence alongside Morse Lock to be smashed. It took longer than I’d thought.
Thursday sixth of June
Once again just the pond & town.
Friday seventh to Clumber
First pond and canal to town
At Morse lock there’s a couple of long tailed tits on a thorn and here’s an annotated version.
Bigger version here.
Then the bus to “Wilko” and walk to Clumber.
(click to view map)
Most of the walk is wooded – there’s birdsong all around but seeing ’em’s a whole other story. All the flying beasties I managed to snap are here:
The lime tree avenue is actually three avenues: the road is flanked by double rows of lime trees.
Rhododendrons are beginning to bloom. You can see why garden designers of the past were so keen on them.
The dead trees in the lake always attract my attention. Specially as summer nears the difference between the lush green growth and the stark grey-white …
Seems to be the time of year for yellow flowers
Crossing College Pines Golf course the broom continues the yellow theme. but there are one or two butterflies around.
I was absolutely knackered by the time I got home. I’d taken too much in my backpack – fleece, showerproof, spare lenses, tablet, sarnies and drinks. The fleece, lenses & tablet are being left behind next time.